Southend United face Yeovil Town in the FA Cup Round 1 tomorrow with Phil Brown's side aiming to get past the first round since 2013.
Southend United’s history against Yeovil suggests that Blues have a massive advantage heading into tomorrow’s game at Huish Park as Southend have only lost five times when on the road to Yeovil Town. Can Phil Brown’s side push our wins over Yeovil to six?
To rotate, or not to rotate?
Up for discussion is how Phil Brown will approach the FA Cup First Round tie this weekend. Brown insists that if he can field the same XI to the one that beat Walsall in the league last weekend, then he will do. But with Michael Turner making a comeback for the U23 side in midweek and hoping to get a chance now seemingly fit, will there be changes? Stephen McLaughlin and the return of Jermaine McGlashan from suspension gives further options for the Blues boss to ponder.
The Emirates FA Cup
Southend haven’t progressed to the Second Round of the famous competition since 2013, when they ended up reaching the Fourth Round. Hull City were the visitors to Roots Hall and Steve Bruce's side were 2-0 winners after a Matty Fryatt sdouble. Will Phil Brown’s side be able to progress to the next round?
FA Cup History
The last time the two sides met in this competition was on 30th January 1983, which saw Blues host Yeovil at Roots Hall. The game ended 3-0 to Southend after goals from Gary Nelson, Steve Phillips and Glenn Pennyfather secured a comfortable win. Will Southend be able to secure another 3-0 victory?
Southend head into tomorrow’s FA Cup game against Yeovil on the back of two wins in the league, one at home and the other away. Yeovil, however, have won just once in their last four, but they do prefer playing at home this season, where they have won four and drawn three of their eight games.