Thursday, October 22, 2009

A look ahead to.....Gillingham

The 'Kent Derby' as it has been dubbed will be played out this weekend with the Addicks hoping to conquer Gillingham and hang on to Leeds' coattails at the top of League One.

With the Chris Dickson transfer saga and Gills chairman Paul Scally's less than flattering remarks about Charlton over the years, the game should be a pretty spicy affair. Add in the fact Mark Stimson's side have a number of ex-Valley dwellers in their ranks (Simon Royce, Barry Fuller, Mark McCammon and - although he is unlikely to figure - Rashid Yussuf) and the spectacle should have a real edge to it.

While the Gills have been diabolical away from the Priestfield with just one point garnered thus far, only Colchester - and we know how effective they are - have registered victory at our hosts' abode.

If I were a betting man, I would put my money on the game ending one apiece, but the fit-again Semedo should make a big difference to us and whether it is 4-4-2 or 4-5-1, there is no reason why we cannot accumulate three points and take the Kent bragging rights, until March at least.

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