SportsGillingham vs. Sheffield United preview (22:00 on January 6): class difference

Gillingham vs. Sheffield United preview (22:00 on January 6): class difference

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Sheffield United will face English Division 4 side Gillingham in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The difference in qualification between the two teams is easy to see.

Gillingham vs. Sheffield United match preview

Gillingham advanced to the third round of the FA Cup for the second successive time after beating Hereford United and Charlton Athletic 2–0 on aggregate.

Coach Stephen Clemence is the one who leads Sheffield United in both matches. He has spent 13 games in charge at the club since his appointment in November, racking up six wins. Thanks to that, Gillingham has risen to 10th place in the English 4th division, only 1 point behind the play-off group.

However, Gillingham’s chances of competing are difficult due to his team’s goal difference being completely inferior to their competitors. Of the top 11 teams, Gillingham are the only team with a negative difference, again -9. It is difficult for Gillingham to improve this difference and play against opponents who have a strong positive difference.

Gillingham’s focus is now on the FA Cup. In round 3, this team must immediately meet an opponent from the Premier League, Sheffield United. Gillingham’s chances of going forward are slim despite their home advantage.

On the other hand, the visitors to Sheffield are deep in crisis, with only 1 win and 6 losses in the last 10 rounds in the Premier League. With only 2 wins since the start of the season and 7 points from safety, Sheffield are the strongest contenders for a relegation spot this season. Meeting lower-division side Gillingham in the 3rd play-off round, coach Heckingbottom will surely want to win to go further in this year’s FA Cup, as well as revive morale before an arduous relegation journey in the second leg of the Premier League.

Statistics are not good for Gillingham either. They have lost six of their last seven matches in the third round of the FA Cup. Nine of the last 11 head-to-head matches against Premier League teams have also ended in defeats.

On the other side of the line, Sheffield United are still sinking after promotion to the Premier League. Paul Heckingbottom was sacked, but Chris Wilder has not been able to make the positive impact he wanted. Under Wilder, Sheffield United won 1, drew 1, and lost 4 of 6 matches.

Of course, with poor form, Sheffield United are still sinking at the bottom of the table in the Premier League. They have only 9 points after 20 rounds, 7 points behind safety Everton. Not only that, Sheffield United are the team with the worst difference in the Premier League and will finish below any opponent if level on points.

Sheffield United’s return to the English First Division at the end of this season is probably inevitable. Therefore, it is also advisable for Sheffield to prioritize a playing field like the FA Cup. In fact, this is also Sheffield United’s last game until meeting West Ham two weeks later on January 21.

That’s why manager Chris Wilder has no business keeping his troops against Gillingham. It is likely that the Blades will throw a good line-up on the pitch to settle the game in the first half and replace the mainstays off the field in the second half when there is a safe distance. A win for the Premier League representative is probably inevitable.

Gillingham vs. Sheffield United Special Verdict

Sheffield United win: The visitors are not in good form in the Premier League but are still capable of beating Gillingham away. In fact, Sheffield are much better in this match, and winning is a simple matter.

Less than 2.5 goals: Gillingham’s defense is solid. This is the 5th strongest defense in the English 4th division. If he decides to defend, Gillingham could make it difficult for Sheffield to score, resulting in very few goals in the next match.

Gillingham vs. Sheffield United predicted result: 0-2

Information around Gillingham vs. Sheffield United

Gillingham: Jonny Williams is unlikely to play.

Sheffield United: Max Lowe is out for another 3 to 4 weeks due to injury. Sydie Peck had knee surgery. Chris Basham, John Egan, Tom Davies, and Daniel Jebbison were absent.

Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last three meetings against Gillingham.

9 out of the last 10 head-to-head matches have had fewer than 4.5 penalty cards.

Sheffield United have not won their last four matches.

Five of Sheffield United’s last six games have had fewer than 2.5 goals.

Sheffield United have conceded first in seven of their last nine matches.

Gillingham’s last seven games have had fewer than 2.5 goals.

6 of Gillingham’s last 8 games have had fewer than 10.5 corners.

Referee Darren Bond draws an average of 0.15 red cards and 3.53 yellow cards per game.