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Posted Fri 09 Dec 16

Blues v Coventry, Roots Hall, Sat 10th Dec (3pm KO)

OVERVIEW

Southend take on Coventry this weekend with the two sides going through contrasting form in Sky Bet League One.

Blues are eight unbeaten whereas the Sky Blues have lost their last four. 

Mark Venus’ side come into the game off a Checkatrade Trophy win, though, and will hope to use that as a springboard for an upturn in fortune,  unlike Blues who went out at the hands of a penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford.

FORM

Southend: DDWWDW

Coventry: LLLLWD

ONE TO WATCH

Former Watford, Bolton, Burnley and Colchester striker Marvin Sordell is one Blues should be mindful of.

Sordell was on target on Wednesday night to put Coventry through in the Checkatrade Trophy, taking his tally for the season to seven.

Previously he has played for England U20 and U21’s – getting 14 caps for the latter – and Great Britain’s Olympic squad at the London 2012 Games.

LAST TIME WE MET

23 January 2016: Southend United (Payne 24’, Barnett 31’, 68’) 3-0 Coventry

TEAM NEWS

Blues’ only injury concern from the last matchday sqaud surrounds Will Atkinson who limped out on Tuesday night, but Phil Brown was optimistic he will be fit.

Ben Coker, Ryan Inniss and David Mooney are all still out.

Coventry will likely be without Kwame Thomas, Dion Kelly-Evans and Jamie Sterry. Lewis Page went off injured in midweek so is also a doubt.

Midfielder Ben Stevenson is also out with due to serving the final game of his three-match ban.

THEY SAY

Phil Brown:

"We had the presence of mind and strength of character more than anything else to get a draw from the game on Tuesday night against a very good Oxford side," he said.

"On the back of that, if you want to call it a dress rehearsal, then showtime has to be on Saturday."

Mark Venus:

“They’ve got a good balanced team with a lot of experience within the ranks and like always a bit of physicality," Venus commented.  

“I think they’re just a well balanced team that have found their style of play. I think out of their squad they know the best ten outfield players and they work to their strengths.

“They’re settled and obviously picking up points. We need to try and kick on and pick up some points in the league, every game is hugely important at this moment in time.”

TICKETS 

You can still purchase tickets for the game by calling the Blues Box Office on 08444 77 00 77. Alternatively, you can click here to buy tickets online. Remember, prices increase on the day.