Inconsistent Gillingham might struggle to see off a Blades' side intent on revenge.
Gillingham v Sheffield United - Sunday 14:15, Sky Sports 1
Gillingham came from two goals down to beat Shrewsbury 3-2 last weekend, avenging a 3-2 home defeat in identical circumstances last April that put paid to their hopes of reaching the League One play-offs. The symmetry was lost on Justin Edinburgh, though. He was more concerned with the problem of not knowing what to expect from his players from one half to the next.
Edinburgh is renowned for consistency, going all the way back to his Rushden days. His teams have always been renowned for being difficult to break down. So whereas many outsiders might admire the response to their collapse at the end of last season, Edinburgh sees only frailties that need to be addressed. Let’s assume they won’t have been addressed by Sunday.
Last season, Sheffield United were beaten 4-0 at Priestfield on the opening day and Chris Wilder will no doubt be keen to use that shocking result as a yardstick by which to gauge his progress. It hasn’t been the best of starts for the boyhood Blade but we’ve long since reached a point whereby United should no longer be considered elite at this level.
Given the shortcomings on both sides, it’s hard to pick a winner and there’s no shame on sitting on the fence and backing the draw at 12/5. Given Gillingham’s capacity to lurch from the sublime to the ridiculous, and United’s tendency to start slowly and look strong late on, there’s mileage in the 15/1 available on the Gillingham/Draw half time/full time. This game should have goals.