League Two underachievers In the first round of the FA Cup, Gillingham defeated National League North team Fylde after a replay.
This 1-0 victory is Gillingham’s only victory in their last 12 games; the other was a memorable penalty shootout victory over Brentford in the EFL Cup.
The Gills’ poor performance in the fourth tier has prevented them from making much progress in the cup competitions, and their most recent match ended in a 3-0 defeat to Salford City on Saturday thanks to goals from Theo Vassell, Ryan Watson, and Callum Hendry.
Harris took the majority of the blame for that defeat, but he was blunt in his criticism of his players’ inability to score goals. As a result, Gillingham have not won in League Two since defeating Sutton United 1-0 on October 1.
Harris’s team has now gone six games without scoring in League Two during a pitiful streak of sloppiness, and they have only scored six goals in the league all year, which is by far the lowest total in the division given that they are currently 23rd in the standings.
If Harris wasn’t already on borrowed time, an early FA Cup exit to lower-league opposition could very well speed up any decision from the powers that be.
However, their opponents also enter Thursday’s game coming off of a discouraging loss.
Following Josh Walker’s 80th-minute goal for Gillingham, Dagenham & Redbridge came within seconds of eliminating Gillingham from the FA Cup.
However, Harris’s team forced a replay at Victoria Road thanks to Scott Kashket’s late equaliser.
Daryl McMahon’s team reached the third round as recently as the 2015–16 season before being eliminated by Everton. Prior to holding the League Two strugglers to a score draw, they had defeated Beckenham Town and defeated Maidenhead United.
The Daggers are outsiders when it comes to competing for a playoff spot in the National League; they are currently 10th in the standings with eight wins, five draws, and seven losses from their first 20 games, but a recent loss snapped a three-game winning streak in the fifth division.
The weekend’s 1-0 victory for Torquay United came after McMahon had guided his team to victories over Wealdstone, Solihull Moors, and Scunthorpe United.
However, their scheduled matchup with Gateshead this weekend has been postponed because of their FA Cup commitments.
Harris and McMahon have more than one incentive to pull off a victory here because whichever team wins on Thursday will have the honour of hosting 2020-21 champions Leicester City in the third round.
1×2 Betting Odds
It is extremely difficult to see where the goals are going to come from in this Gillingham side at the moment, and we would not be at all surprised to see this one go the distance as a resilient Dagenham hold out for another draw.
Spot kicks may be necessary to decide both teams’ FA Cup destiny!
And the betting odds seem to agree with this!
The home side, Gillingham, have the odds of winning @ 2.5.
The away side are not that far off, with odds standing @ 2.9.
The chances that the match ends in a stalemate after the 90 min are played, stands @ 3.47.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.1.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.8.