Southend United vs Colchester United
Both Southend United and Colchester United will look to put their disappointing Emirates FA Cup exits behind them as they face off at Roots Hall in the final group game in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Blues have been knocked out of both the Carabao Cup and Emirates FA Cup by League Two opposition, and they won’t want to make it a hat-trick against their local rivals, Colchester.
Should Southend avoid defeat this evening they will advance to the next round, but should they win and Gillingham lose then they could leapfrog the Gills into top spot and secure a home 2nd round tie.
For Colchester to advance only a win will do for John McGreal’s side who so far have scored a bonus-point draw against Reading u21s before suffering a defeat at the hands of Gillingham.
Southend United: LWWDLL
Colchester United: LWDWLW
6th February 2016: Southend United (Wordsworth, Barrett, McQueen) 3 vs 0 Colchester United
26th December 2016: Colchester United 0 vs 2 (White, Mooney) Southend United
8th February 2010: Colchester United (Wordsworth 2) 2 vs 0 Southend United
Phil Brown expects to name a strong Blues line-up following Saturday’s defeat to Yeovil, meaning the likes of Anthony Wordsworth and John White could be in line to face their former club.
Michael Turner could also make his first appearance after he was an unused substitute during Saturday’s defeat at Yeovil. Turner had been out since pre-season following a hamstring injury.
Jason Demetriou will be missing though as he’s away on international duty with Cyprus, meaning youngster Elvis Bwomono may feature at right-back.
Club captain and former Blue Luke Prosser will miss the tie at Roots Hall as he continues to recover from a knee injury which has kept him out since November last year.
Kurtis Guthrie was another long-term absentee but he may feature after recent appearances against Yeovil and Gillingham, whilst Ryan Inniss could also face Blues for the first time having been on loan at Roots Hall last season.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“Because of Saturday’s result, it has affected team selection like any game would do. I always think about making changes unless it’s a run of ten games undefeated and then you have one out of the blue, but this one isn’t out of the blue.
“This one was against lesser, supposedly, opposition by definition being a second division team. Again, we’ve got that tomorrow night, so we have to make sure we’re on our mettle, that we’re organised and that we’re prepared to do the hard miles.
“If we do all that tomorrow night then hopefully the quality will come out."