Published: 00:00, 06 October 2017 |
Updated: 07:10, 06 October 2017
It's time to get your predictions in for our latest installment of Beat the Pundit.
Lloyd Blackman, manager of Bostik South Ramsgate, is in the hotseat this week. He's up against Alex Hoad from the KM sports desk, while Dover supporter Lee Bowmanrepresents the fans.
It's three points for a correct scoreline and one point for the right outcome (win, lose or draw).
Last week saw the KM sportsdesk's Mark Stokes lead the way with six points.
Kent fans: 26 points
KOL sports desk: 17 points
Kent football managers: 14 points
This week's predictions are below, don't forget to join in using the comments section below with your own guesses.
Gillingham v Portsmouth (League 1)
Lloyd Blackman: It's all up in the air for Gills at the moment but I've seen a few things written online by a few of the players so there may be a little bit of optimism with Steve Lovell and Mark Patterson helping out. I think they'll get a point. 1-1
Alex Hoad: Slowly I think the tide is turning at Priestfield and I reckon it will continue on Sunday. Gills aren't shipping too many goals and hopefully the Sky Sports cameras will bring the best out of the forwards. Call me crazy, but... 2-1
Lee Bowman: I predict a close contest between these two sides. The Gills’ home form has started to pick up a little, whilst Pompey have lost their last 2 away games but feel the visitors will just sneak the win. 1-2
Torquay v Dover (National League)
LB: Being away from home makes things a bit difficult but I can't see past Chris Kinnear and Dover at the minute. They're really flying and doing well. 1-3
AH: Though they remain bottom, Torquay enjoyed a big win in midweek, their first of the season, and will be full of confidence. Six of their seven points have come at Plainmoor but Dover are even better away from home than they are at Crabble with 14 points from seven away games. Three more here. 1-3
LB: I am going for a 1-1 draw for us at Torquay this weekend. Despite our very good away form, which has seen us lose just 1 in 7 on the road and winning 4, the Gulls go into the game off the back of a their first win of the season midweek, a 4-0 home win against Maidenhead. I believe they’ll be looking to build on this and get some kind of run going under their new manager Gary Owers. 1-1
Enfield Town v Margate (Bostik Premier)
LB: Steve Watt's doing extremely well down at Margate. They're picking up some really good results and they're on a nice little FA Cup run as well. 1-2
AH: You might think this is a banker but Enfield are good at home, unbeaten in four and having won their last two. Gate however are just as good on the road with 10 points from five games away from Hartsdown and I can see another win here. 0-2
LB: Enfield are unbeaten at home whilst Margate have the second best away record in the division so I would predict another close encounter but believe The Gate will narrowly come out on top. 1-2
Ashford United v Sittingbourne (FA Trophy)
LB: Sittingbourne are doing extremely well. Nick Davis has got his team in a rich vein of form and they had a great result against Hythe over the weekend. Ashford are picking up with their younger players but I think Sittingbourne will be too strong for them. 0-2
AH: Bourne are flying, top of the league for the first time in two decades, while Ashford are finding life tough in their first season back at the Bostik South level. They say cups are a great leveller but Nick Davis seems to have a good thing going at the Brickies and I think they'll edge a game narrower than many might expect. 1-2.
LB: Whilst league form can go out of the window in Cup competitions, I do not believe that it will on this occasion and would expect high flying Sittingbourne to progress to the next round against a struggling Ashford side. 1-3
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