Peterborough United vs Southend United
Southend United will look to take one step further to a Wembley appearance tonight as they travel to Peterborough United in the last-32 of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Blues finished second in their group, behind Gillingham, whilst Grant McCann’s side were rewarded with a home tie at the ABAX Stadium after pipping Northampton to top spot in their group.
Following the initial group stage, it is now a knockout competition and should tonight’s tie finish level at full time then the match will go straight to penalties to decide a winner.
Whoever comes out on top will join last night’s winners in the 3rd Round draw, with the likes of Portsmouth, Charlton, Oxford United and Leicester City u21s still in the competition.
Peterborough United: DDLWLW
Southend United: WDDLWL
17th October 2017: Southend United (Fortune) 1 vs 1 Peterborough United (Marriott)
21st February 2017: Peterborough United (Nichols) 1 vs 4 Southend United (Demetriou, Fortune, Wordsworth, Timlin)
1st October 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth) 1 vs 1 Peterborough United (Maddison)
Michael Timlin is available for selection again after he missed out on Saturday’s win over Oldham Athletic with a suspension picked up for five yellow cards.
Stephen Hendrie though will be looking to retain his place at left-back after an impressive display against the Latics, whilst John White is set to come in at centre-half.
Michael Kightly came off on Saturday with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be risked, whilst Phil Brown will look to give the returning Anthony Wordsworth more minutes.
Peterborough will be without Liam Shepherd for tonight’s game as he continues his recovery from a groin strain. Junior Morias will also miss out with a thigh injury.
And Grant McCann may look to make further changes to his side after saying some of his players “did look a bit tired” following their 1-1 draw with Woking in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“The Checkatrade Trophy is a competition that brings finances into the club regardless of what people think.
“Yes, the FA Cup and the League Cup are better payers, but it brings in much-needed finances that we can use in the January window.
“We are three or four steps away from Wembley and for me, it’s a game we need to go into strong and try and win the game.”
Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager;
“Southend are in a rich vein of form at the minute. They have a lot of players in their squad with Championship and League One experience and one or two that have sampled the Premier League.
“They are a good side and will want to go as far as they can in the competition, like ourselves, but we are looking forward to the challenge.
“It is good to be back at home after what feels like an age away from home.”
Tickets for Blues' Checkatrade Trophy game against Peterborough will come off sale today at midday.
You can buy tickets online, from the ticket office or by calling 08444 770077.
Wheelchair and carer tickets are only available from the main ticket office, which you can purchase in person, on 08444 77 00 77 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket prices do not increase at the ground and supporters can either pay cash on the turnstiles or visit Peterborough's South Stand Ticket Office which is located by the Motorpoint Stand.