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Two early fighters in League One will meet in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening, as Gillingham host City of Cheltenham at Priestfield Stadium.
Both teams knocked out the league two opponents in the first round and will see a good chance in this duel to secure a place in the third round.
Prediction for this match
Gillingham goes into Tuesday’s game in a good mood after taking his first home win against Morecambe 2-1 in their last League One game.
The weekend result put the hosts in 15th place after a bad start with two draws and one defeat in their last three league games.
Between these results, Gillingham visited second division club Crawley Town in the first round of the EFL Cup. After a 2-2 draw in regular time, in which the guests in 95.
Manager Steve Evans hope that a small cup run at the beginning of the season can also be a catalyst for improved form in the league.
The home side actually managed to reach the third round of the EFL Cup last season after beating championship club Coventry City and then League Two club Southend United before falling against championship opponents in the form of Stoke City.
Like their hosts, Cheltenham has had a mixed start to the new season in the first division.
After winning the title in the second division and moving up to the first division, the Robins have won one game, drew one and lost the other two.
One of these defeats came on Saturday against Fleetwood Town, who lost in the 90th minute in a 3-2 away game at Highbury Stadium.
Manager Michael Duff but will remain positive, as bumps were also to be expected in the higher league and a current 18th place is certainly not the end of the world.
Moving up to the third round of the EFL Cup is seen as a potential move up to build a formation in the league too, especially after that hurdle failed in a 3-1 loss to Millwall last season.
Cheltenham reached earlier this month thanks to a 2-0 away win at Bristol Rovers in the second division thanks to goals from Alfie May and Kyle Vassell.
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Coach Steve Evans has some injury doubts to overcome on his Gillingham squad ahead of Tuesday’s draw.
Daniel Phillips, Alex MacDonald and John Akinde recently struggled with injuries and missed the league game on Saturday.
After a busy start to the season, with games played either every three or four days, Evans is likely to make some changes to his line-up from the weekend win over Morecambe.
Cheltenham manager Michael Duff, meanwhile, has only one injury concern to consider ahead of Tuesday’s trip.
Striker Kyle Vassell failed a fitness test before losing to Fleetwood on Saturday, so his availability for this game remains questionable.
Gillingham possible starting line-up:
Chapman; Lintott, Maghoma, Ehmer, Akehurst; Adshead, Bennett, O’Keefe; Lee; Carayol, sithole
Cheltenham Town possible starting line-up:
Flinders; Horton, Tozer, Boyle; Long, Perry, Wright, Chapman, Freestone; May, Lloyd
Probability: Gillingham 1-0 Cheltenham Town
Probability Gillingham will only narrowly beat this encounter between two similarly fighting teams. However, Gillingham’s maiden win over the weekend will give them the much-needed boost while it remains to be seen how Cheltenham recovers from a late loss on Saturday.
Best betting tip for this match
Our expert tipster partners at footpredictions.com forecast less than 3.5 goals in this game. Click here to see more football predictions to see what else they are predicting for this game and for more proven soccer tips.Under 3.5: data