AFC Wimbledon vs Southend United
Southend United start the New Year with a trip to The Cherry Red Records Stadium as they take on AFC Wimbledon later this afternoon.
Blues will be happy to see the back of 2017 having picked up just two league wins from six in December, but now three of their next four matches are against teams inside the relegation zone.
That is exactly where The Dons find themselves as they sit four points from safety, albeit with a game in hand, seven points behind Southend who currently lay in 13th.
And with Wimbledon’s huge Emirates FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on the horizon, Blues may see this as the ideal time to be facing Neal Ardley’s side.
AFC Wimbledon: DLWLLW
Southend United: LWLLLL
26th September 2017: Southend United (Demetriou) 1 vs 0 AFC Wimbledon
25th March 2017: AFC Wimbledon 0 vs 2 (Ranger, Cox) Southend United
26th December 2016: Southend United (Cox 2, Atkinson) 3 vs 0 AFC Wimbledon
Southend are waiting on news regarding Anton Ferdinand’s knee injury which forced him off early during Saturday’s defeat to Shrewsbury Town.
The skipper is unlikely to have recovered in time to face The Dons, whilst Josh Wright will also miss out after he pulled up with hamstring strain moments before being substituted on Saturday.
John White is likely to come in for the Blues skipper although Phil Brown also has Harry Kyprianou available, with Jermaine McGlashan possibly filling in on the wing for the injured Wright.
AFC Wimbledon may throw Harry Forrester in from the start this afternoon after the midfielder returned from suspension and injury to score Dons’ equaliser against Gillingham.
Cody McDonald is carrying a metatarsal injury but continues to be available whilst Kwesi Appiah, George Long and Barry Fuller are all expected to be out.