Bristol City saw their FA Cup run end in the fourth round, West Ham winning 1-0 at Ashton Gate last weekend. The Robins will be more successful in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy however and can deny Gillingham a place in the final.
City are in an extremely strong position coming into this match following their 4-2 win in the first leg at Priestfield and Gillingham will be hard pushed to turn things around in the West Country tonight.
Indeed, the Gills haven’t won an away game by more than a single goal since the 3-0 triumph against Crewe Alexandra in September 2013. As such, they won’t be confident of clawing their way back into this semi-final and as such their cup final is now just a faint hope, this fact emphasised in the 25/1 price for them reaching Wembley.
Bristol City could in reality play a containing style of game, however they won’t be resting on their laurels and will likely push forward and attempt to put the leg beyond any doubt.
The defeat to West Ham last weekend in the FA Cup ended City’s six-match winning run at home and manager Steve Cotterill be eager for his boys to return to winning ways tonight, thus ensuring that confidence returns ahead of their forthcoming League One clash with Fleetwood on Sunday.
The Robins have shipped nine past Gillingham so far this season and another goal-fest looks to be on the cards tonight against a visiting side which has failed to manage a clean sheet away from home since September.
Nevertheless, Gillingham have found the back of the net in every match since early November and are clearly a threat going forward. We’ll be expecting a high scoring game, over 2.5 goals up for grabs at 4/6 with Boylesports.
Our betting tips
Over 2.5 Goals – Boylesports 4/6
Bristol City win, both teams scoring – Ladbrokes 5/2