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Match Preview: Portsmouth vs. Southend United

23 January 2015

Blues have won the last four meeting between the two sides, can we make it five on Saturday?

The Lowdown

Blues head down to Portsmouth on the back of a fantastic win over Oxford United last week. It's been a bit of a disappointing campaign for Pompey so far this season, with the Hampshire outfit currently sitting in 16 place in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Andy Awford's side picked up a good point at home to high flying Burton Albion last week at Fratton Park.

However, Portsmouth haven't registered a win since November 22nd,  and are currently on a run of seven games without a win.

They have, however, picked up the three points against the likes of Stevenage, Cambridge United, Northampton Town and Oxford United during this campaign so far.

Five Previous Meetings

August 1996: Portsmouth 1-0 Southend United
March 1997: Southend United 2-1 Portsmouth
November 2013: Portsmouth 1-2 Southend United
January 2014: Southend United 2-1 Portsmouth
September 2014: Southend United 2-0 Portsmouth

The Overall Record

Southend United wins: 9
Draws: 8
Portsmouth wins: 15

The Officials

Referee: Lee Collins
Assistants: Nigel Lugg, Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

What They Said...

Phil Brown: “They're massive, and real giants in terms of the levels of support, the stadium and the history. There's a lot of pressure playing for Portsmouth and I think that's a problem for them. Andy's got his feet under the table now and has brought in a few fresh faces.”

Andy Awford: “We’ve gone toe-to-toe with three sides at the top of the league, so we need to do the same this weekend. We weren’t good enough when we went up to Southend earlier in the season, but there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then.”

The Away Guide

Click here for an away guide to Portsmouth.

The Betting 

Click here for our betting preview on the game.

The Tickets 

Ticket details for the Sky Bet League Two clash can be found here.

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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