Gills v Oldham: Preview & Predictions

After a mini slump that included two consecutive defeats on the road, the Gills returned to winning ways back at the MEMS Priestfield on Tuesday evening.

Their 5-1 demolition of Fleetwood was clinical and at times classy, and it was also enough to see a third side part company with their manager shortly after playing the blue boys this season.

Bradley Garmston pushes his way past the Fleetwood backline

Bradley Garmston impressed from the bench on Tuesday. Has he done enough to earn a start?

Graham Alexander was fired on Wednesday morning, going the same way as Dave Robertson and Paul Dickov before him.

Whether it was deserved is a matter for the Cod Army fans to discuss, but whatever the outcome tomorrow, it is highly unlikely that visitors Oldham will take the same action.

The reason being they already have ex-England midfielder David Dunn in temporary charge, having recently sacked Darren Kelly.

Dunn has somewhat steadied the ship since taking over, and they are unbeaten under his stewardship after picking up a trio of 1-1 draws since his appointment.

On the flip side though, they are still struggling to win games, picking up a solitary league victory to date.

They have lost just two games, the same amount as their hosts, but there is already a ten point difference between the teams.

That tells you in which areas their problems are, and Dunn has spoken about coming to Kent and ‘being brave‘, but could that play into Gills’ hands?

Rory Donnelly gets the Gills reply up and running six minutes later

After his superb midweek double, surely Rory Donnelly will start in attack.

Because let’s be sure of one thing, Justin Edinburgh’s men are a real force at home now, winning eight league games on the bounce since last season.

Gills Team News 

Manager Justin Edinburgh has question marks over two defenders heading into this fixture.

He has confirmed Deji Oshilaja has trained all week, but the loan addition of Harry Lennon from Charlton may indicate that tomorrow may come too soon.

With Ryan Jackson also a doubt having gone off with a groin problem on Tuesday, the addition of Lennon may turn out to be rather astute.

Other than that, Justin has pretty much a full quota to choose from as the Gills chase a ninth consecutive home league win.

Therefore his biggest conundrum could be over which system to use now if Jackson does not recover.

Stick to the diamond and play either Aaron Morris – who did fine when he came on for Jackson versus Fleetwood – or John Egan at right back, or go to three at the back – if Oshilaja is fit enough – and perhaps use Jermaine McGlashan at right wing back?

The midfield should pick itself after such an impressive display last time out, so his  other big call may be up top.

Luke Norris shows attacking intent but Fleetwood score first after 12 minutes through Bobby Grant

Luke Norris – the Gills’ highest scoring striker – should retain his place for the visit of Oldham.

He will need to fit three strikers into two, having seen both Rory Donelly and CodyMcDonald  get off the mark in the week.

Edinburgh has admitted that Donnelly can be ignored no longer, so I would be inclined to stick with the same pairing that started the Fleetwood game.

It is, however, a very tough call having seen Cody open his account for the season  from the bench.

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RainhamEndViews’ selected XI.

Whatever Justin decides, if his players show the same effort and desire as they did – aside from the first quarter of an hour – in the week, then they should have too much for an Oldham.

Yes they have improved in recent games, but have they yet played a side in such good form as the Gills?

For me, no.

It may be a case of the Gills’ irresistible force (five home wins from five) against Oldham’s immovable object (five away draws from five).

I will back the irresistible force.

Gillingham 3 Oldham 1

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