The recent depature of Uwe Rosler to Wigan Athletic threatened to derail Brentford’s promotion charge, although Mark Warburton has made a seamless transition to life in the Griffin Park hot seat, with the West London side having recently embarked on a six-match winning run.
That came to an end at Walsall last Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Saddlers although the Bees have won their last nine matches in all competitions and can be backed at a best price 4/9 with Ladbrokes online to claim yet another maximum haul against the Gills.
Clayton Donaldson is clearly among the best strikers in the division and has found the net in four of his last five games as he looks to help his team avoid the potential heartache of the play-offs after narrowly missing out on automatic promotion last term.
The striker is a 15/4 chance with bet365 to score the first goal of this game and looks better value than his team-mates including Will Grigg who has struggled to make an impression since his arrival from Walsall in the summer.
Gillingham sit in mid-table although they are much nearer to the relegation zone points-wise than the play-off places, with Peter Taylor back at the helm and hoping to make sure the Kent club remain a League One entity after promotion last season.
The Gills have won two of their last three matches including a 1-0 victory against Wolves in early January, although these triumphs sandwiched a 3-0 reverse at Colchester which exposed the fact that they have a weak underbelly on the road.
It’s the reason why BetVictor are happy to lay 8/1 about an away win for this fixture, with the draw backable at 15/4 and all signs point to a comfortable Brentford victory, even if their win odds are somewhat prohibitive.
The Bees have scored at least two goals in each of their last three games and a 3-0 winning scoreline can be backed at 10/1 with Ladbrokes, while a 4-0 win should also be chanced at odds of 20/1 considering Gillingham could be outclassed by their opponents.
That man Donaldson represents value at 21/20 to find the net at any stage, with bet365 the only firm to quote odds-against compared to the odds-on with every other betting company, while Sky Bet’s 25/1 about the striker scoring a hat-trick could offer some entertainment for the ninety minutes not to mention a substantial profit if it cops.
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