The odds ahead of the huge game at Roots Hall against Luton Town.
Fourth plays eighth here in one of the key League Two fixtures of the weekend.
For Southend, two wins from two games are likely to be necessary if they’re to have a chance of securing automatic promotion, and something similar may be needed from Luton if they’re to pass either Plymouth or Stevenage and secure a play-off spot.
The Blues boast a solid home record but goals have been in short supply.
Remarkably for a side chasing promotion, only five teams have scored fewer home goals this season than Southend; however, none have a better defensive record so they know all about how to grind out a win-to-nil.
Interestingly, while Luton score plenty at home they do struggle for goals on their travels – only the division’s bottom three sides have scored fewer away goals.
All of this points to a bet on under 2.5 at 4/6.
There were only two in the reverse, both scored by Luton, and with so much at stake this could be tense from the outset.
The form table has Southend top with six wins in six, all of which have been to nil, and 15/8 that they add another doesn’t look a bad price.
If Luton are to pull off an upset you sense it won’t be by far so 11/2 that they win by one goal is the most tempting price for those wishing to support the away side.