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Match Preview: Southend United vs. Burton Albion

19 December 2014

A look ahead to the match preview for the Sky Bet League Two encounter against Burton Albion.

The Lowdown

It’s been a very good start to this season for the Brewers, who currently find themselves in second place.

The Brewers started their season like a steam train, going unbeaten in their opening nine games in all competitions – a time that saw the club defeat Wigan Athletic and then QPR in the Capital One Cup.

Manager Gary Rowett recently took over the reigns at Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City recently, which saw former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink appointed as the boss. Albion are still going strong, however, and are sitting in second place in the table at the moment – level on points with Wycombe Wanderers.

The Officials

Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistant Referee: Darren Blunden and Adrian Sannerude
Fourth Official: Michael Bull

The Inside View

Dave Penney: “It's another tough game against Burton but we're looking forward to it. You can see what a good job Gary Rowett did there and for the last three years or so they've been up there in the play-off places. It will be a good test for us and I'm sure it will be an open and entertaining game.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “They've got somebody with a lot of experience as a manager, knows what he's doing and knows the way he wants his team to play, so I do see Southend as one of the teams who will be up there at the end of the season.”

The Previous Five Meetings

May 2014: Southend United 2-2 Burton Albion
May 2014: Burton Albion 1-0 Southend United
May 2014: Southend United 1-0 Burton Albion
October 2013: Burton Albion 0-1 Southend United
December 2012: Burton Albion 2-0 Southend United

The Overall Record

Southend United wins: 3
Draws: 2
Burton Albion wins: 5

The Betting

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The Tickets

Click here for ticket information for the match.

The Game

Keep up-to-date with the game on Twitter and Facebook. Follow @SUFCRootsHall for full updates on Twitter, while there’ll be key moment updates on our Facebook page: SouthendUnitedFC.

The Commentary

Listen to exclusive commentary of Saturday’s game on Blues Player with BBC Essex. To sign up, or listen, click here.


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