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Cup competitions, head-to-head and injuries

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7 November 2017

Phil Brown's side head into tonight's game second in the Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group B, with a win safely securing Blues place in the Round of 32.

Head-to-head

Southend have faced Colchester 73 times since our first ever meeting back on 14th October 1950, the result ended 4-2 to Blues as the two Essex clubs met for the first time. Out of the 73 games we have played against each other Blues have won 31, drawn 17 and lost 25 games. Will tonight be the 32nd time Blues have beaten Colchester United?

 

Cup competitions

Blues have faced the U’s nine times in cup competitions, with the first ever cup game between the Essex rivals being on 17th November in 1956, the result ended 4-1 to Southend as Eddie Perry’s side progressed all the way to the 4th Round as they were eventually knocked out by Birmingham City on 26th January 1957. Can Phil Brown’s side beat the U’s and progress further in the competition?

 

Last time out

The last time the two sides met was on 6th February 2016, the first time the two Essex sides had met at Roots Hall since 2009. Blues scored three goals in eight minutes as Phil Brown’s side earnt back to back victories against the U’s. Will Southend put three past Colchester United tonight?

 

Form

Southend’s last five games in all competitions have seen a form of LDWWL, with one of those games being last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Yeovil Town as Blues were knocked out of the FA Cup. Colchester have a form of LWDWL, a run that is slightly less consistent than Southend’s. Can Blues make it a win tonight?

 

Injuries

Phil Brown’s side started the beginning of the 2017/18 season with a number of injuries, but the return of players has improved Southend’s run. Ben Coker and Rob Kiernan are both sidelined until much later into the season, Anthony Wordsworth trained for half of last week and didn’t feature on Saturday, but could be selected for tonight’s game.

Colchester are checking the fitness of Kane Vincent-Young and Sammie Szmodics, who were close to featuring against Oxford City on Saturday, after suffering from hamstring and ankle injuries.


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