It’s hard to know what irritated people more: the 5-1 home humiliation at the hands of Oxford or the news that our manager – 49-year-old former Colchester United striker Teddy Sheringham – had registered for action. The press went into overdrive, Borochat went into meltdown and we went to our bunker for tea and crumpets and to see the whole thing out with Ken Bruce for company.
Yep, it’s been an eventful old week and we’re not sure we’re out of the woods yet. If one of League Two’s form sides can do that to us indoors and before the watershed, we reckon you’d do much better than to ponder our prospects against one of the form sides from on high (well, League One) – Gillingham come to town in the FA Cup and our tin helmets are being resized as we speak.
How bad was the Oxford experience? Well, we’ve watched deaths on Game of Thrones less gruesome and read about implements of torture from the Dark Ages less painful than last week’s debacle indoors against the Us. In the end, it was just the five goals we let in – though our guests might feel miffed that it wasn’t more. We, on the other hand, went for the red card count…
Is there anything to be said for Boro’s chances? Perhaps – the Gills may be sitting third in League One and just a point behind the leaders, but their form on the road this term hasn’t been all that much to write back to Priestfield about. Yes, they have found the net on their last three away games, but it’s just one clean sheet in eight on their travels. We should be good for a goal then, right?
Just like we were against Oxford.
Much like last week, we’re not exactly fancied by the bookies – Gills, like Oxford, are best priced at 19/20 to win this on the night, with Boro’ available as far out as 7/2 (Bet365). Meanwhile, our eyes can’t help being drawn towards Gillingham 4-1 as a potential earner at 33s. Bradley Dack (2/1, Bet365) and Chris Whelpdale (41/10, 10Bet) are the goalscorer picks for this week’s game.
FIFA 16 has our next game as the trip to Yeovil next weekend, so we didn’t get a virtual verdict for the Gills encounter. It’s almost just as well, to be honest – we’re picking up red cards for fun in our career mode, proving it can be a bit too true to life sometimes. But now that we’ve taken our view to a Gill, we’re Gangnam Style-dancing into the fire, to the fatal sounds of broken Cup dreams.
BoroGuide’s Gillingham club profile – Vorsprung Durch Boro’