Gills v Colchester United: Preview & Predictions

Back to back home wins in the last fortnight have given the Gills a good basis to make the MEMS Priestfield – in the words of boss Justin Edinburgh – ‘a fortress’.

It has also shown us that the boys in blue can win games when perhaps not necessarily at their best.

The next two weekends will provide another test of the squad’s ability, as they get back on the road for consecutive away games, starting with a visit to Essex this Saturday.

The Gills won 2-1 at Colchester last term. A repeat will keep them top of the pile.

On paper, and looking at the League One table, Gills should justifiably be favourites.

But we all know football matches aren’t won on paper.

They are won through hard work and desire, and earning the right to gain three points.

Similarly to last week’s win over a struggling Blackpool side, Justin Edinburgh will need to ensure that his players don’t take anything for granted.

If he keeps his place, Cody McDonald will be desperate to net his first of the campaign.

Do that and they have a cracking chance, despite Colchester having picked up four points from their last two outings.

Yes they will have gained confidence from those performances and results – a 3-3 draw with Chesterfield and a 3-2 win at Sheffield United – and they do look a threat going forward.

On the flip side though, they do also look like conceding every time sides attack them.

Fifteen in the goals against column testifies to that, as does only one clean sheet in nine in all competitions.

Aaron Morris is back after injury, but would Justin Edinburgh leave out Josh Wright? Unlikely.

Gills Team News

Justin Edinburgh once again has pretty much a full squad to pick from.

Centre back Deji Oshilaja remains out with a knee complaint, but Edinburgh thinks he will be back in time for Barnsley.

His biggest choice will once again be whether to stick with a winning team, or make changes to keep everyone on their toes and freshen things up.

It is a good problem to have, and whoever starts will have a case to feel their inclusion is justified.

As has already been mentioned, our hosts have picked up in their last two fixtures, but if Gillingham stick to their principles then they can win the game.

Colchester may have four points from their last two, but they had only taken three points from their first five.

Also, their home record – in all competitions –  so far this campaign reads DLDD.

Three league draws have come against sides all currently in the bottom eight, and in between these was a League Cup defeat to Reading, currently sitting mid table in the Championship.

Solid: The Gills have scored in every league game, and remain unbeaten on the road in League One.

The boys in blue have netted in every league game to date, and you have to fancy them to add to that tally at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Therefore, if they stay solid they should have enough to win the game.

Colchester United 1 Gillingham 2

Colchester 1 Gillingham 2

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