Gillingham-Wycombe Wanderers Betting Preview: McDonald can hold the key in tight encounter

Only one of the Gills' last six fixtures has featured three or more goals and Willie Duncan expects that trend to continue on what could be a tense game at Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham face Wycombe Wanderers in a crucial League Two encounter at Priestfield Stadium, with Martin Allen’s side knowing they can move top of the table with victory over the Chairboys on Monday.

The Gills go into this match trailing league leaders Port Vale by a point but are rated as warm 13/20 (1.65) favourites with BetVictor to claim the victory which would see them leapfrog the Valiants at the summit.

Gareth Ainsworth’s side, though, will be keen to spoil Gillingham’s party and the visitors can be backed at 19/4 (5.75) with BetVictor to pick up all three points here, while the same firm go 31/10 (4.10) that the match ends in a draw.

The Gills ran out as comfortable 2-0 winners over Northampton Town on Tuesday, but that was their first home victory in six league matches and Martin Allen’s men will be desperate to improve upon that record here.

Despite their indifferent form at Priestfield Stadium, it is worth noting that the Gills have scored an impressive 28 goals on home turf this season and they will feel confident of hitting the target against a side which has shipped 26 goals on the road this season.

Cody McDonald, on loan from Coventry City, has scored two goals in two appearances for the Gills and looks to represent decent value at 5/1 (6.0) with BetVictor to score the opening goal here while the same firm go 11/8 (2.38) that the 26-year-old striker scores at any time.

Gillingham, though, are unlikely to have it all their own way and this has all the makings of a tight, low-scoring encounter.

Indeed, five of the Gills’ last six matches have featured fewer than three goals and the 21/20 (2.05) quote from BetVictor for that trend to be continued here cannot be ignored while McDonald is the value pick at 5/1 (6.0) to bag the opener for the hosts in what promises to be a nervy encounter at Priestfield Stadium.

Under 2.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05) with BetVictor
Cody McDonald to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter