Yeovil Town vs Southend United
Southend United begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign tomorrow afternoon with a trip to Huish Park as the Blues face League Two side Yeovil Town in the 1st Round.
Craig Hicks will take charge of our FA Cup Round 1 game against Yeovil Town2 November 2017
Blues will travel to Somerset as favourites being a division higher and they’ll be looking to end a run of three successive 1st Round exits following defeats to Millwall, Scunthorpe and Chester.
Yeovil have plenty of FA Cup pedigree and were a notorious giant-killer back in their non-league days, but they’ve lost six of their 14 1st Round matches since breaking into the Football League.
The Glovers are currently 17th in League Two but have an impressive home record so far this season with four wins and three draws from their eight games at Huish Park.
Yeovil Town: WDDLWL
Southend United: WWDLLW
6th August 2013: Southend United 0 vs 1 (Dawson) Yeovil Town
3rd April 2010: Southend United 0 vs 0 Yeovil Town
14th November 2009: Yeovil Town (Bowditch) 1 vs 0 Southend United
Blues are sweating on the fitness of Anthony Wordsworth who picked up a knock to his calf early in the 1-0 win at Walsall last weekend, with Phil Brown rating his chances of playing Saturday as 50/50.
Defender Michael Turner played 45 minutes of the u23s game in midweek and may play some part, but Rob Kiernan remains sidelined as he faces a second operation on a knee problem.
Southend though will be able to recall Jermaine McGlashan for this weekend’s tie after the winger completed his three-game suspension following his sending off against Wigan Athletic.
Yeovil will have to make do without their leading scorer at the weekend after Olufela Olomola was sent off after a brawl during the Glover’s 3-0 win over Stevenage.
Fellow striker Francois Zoko was also sent off in that game in a separate incident at Huish Park meaning both front men are banned for three matches.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“Huish Park is notorious as being a difficult venue to go to, but it’s not the park, it’s not the stadium it’s the mentality of the players and the manager.
“We’ve got to be on our mettle with and without the ball and if we’re good enough on the day then hopefully we’ll go through and be in the second round.
“They’re a hard-working side which is synonymous of the manager. He [Darren Way] will be working hard and being resilient I would imagine to try and stop us from going through with an easy ride."
Darren Way, Yeovil Town Manager;
“We’ve had some magical moments. We’ve had some very, very good memories in the cup and some of the history created is still living with us now.
“These games don’t come along too often, you get one chance every year to play in the FA Cup. You get a potential pathway for a success story and you get 90 minutes to create that.
“Some of my best moments and best performances are in the FA Cup because it gives you an opportunity to prove people wrong.”
Collections will be from the white collection booth at the front of the ticket office.
Tickets will be on sale on the day, cash or card, from the main ticket office on the Tamburino stand.
Blues fans can call Yeovil on 01935 847888 until 5pm on Friday and then again from 9am on Saturday morning to purchase tickets.
Advanced ticket prices:
Adults - £15
Seniors/Young Adults (16-21) - £10
Under 16 - £5