Oldham Athletic vs Southend
Southend United travel to Boundary Park this evening to take on an Oldham Athletic side who are teetering above the League One trap-door with just three games remaining.
The Latics sit just a point above the relegation zone and have drawn their last five matches, most recently coming from behind twice to draw 2-2 at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Blues go into this one off another superb home win at the weekend, however, Southend’s form on the road has been in complete contrast to the form they have shown at Roots Hall.
Chris Powell’s side have only won three matches on the road all season – only Bury have a worse away record – something that Powell will be desperate to rectify looking ahead to next season.
Oldham Athletic: DDDDDW
Southend United: WLLWLW
2nd December 2017: Southend United (Demetriou, Wright) 2 vs 0 Oldham Athletic
1st April 2017: Southend United (Ranger, Robinson, Wordsworth) 3 vs 0 Oldham Athletic
17th December 2016: Oldham Athletic 0 vs 2 (Ranger, McGlashan) Southend United
Blues have somewhat of an injury crisis to contend with at the back after Anton Ferdinand was ruled out of tonight’s trip with a knee injury picked up against MK Dons.
Ferdinand joins fellow defenders Ben Coker and Michael Turner on the injury-list with Harry Kyprianou likely to deputise at centre-back alongside John White.
Josh Wright missed Saturday’s win against Dons with a hamstring problem which will keep him out of tonight’s game, however, Sam Mantom should be available after missing the last three matches.
Craig Davies returned for the Latics on Saturday having missed the last two games with an ankle injury with the striker playing an hour of their draw against AFC Wimbledon.
Defender Jamie Scott has been recalled from his loan spell with Stockport County and will be in the squad this evening, however, Cameron Dummigan continues to miss out with a groin injury.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“I’m getting some really good performances out of the team and out of individuals, you just like to be consistent with that and try to emulate that on the road.
“It’s never easy [playing away from home] for whatever reason; home comforts, the majority of the crowd are against you and I suppose we excel in front of our crowd, on our pitch, in our stadium.
“I don’t want us to be known as a team that doesn’t perform away. I think we really need to address that, and if it’s not in these next two games then without a doubt for next season.”
Richie Wellens, Oldham Athletic Manager:
“There will be other teams watching and wanting Southend to win so we can impact other teams' mentality.
“I know Chris Powell, he’s gone in there and his task was to keep them up because they were in a tricky predicament, he’s achieved that task and he’ll be looking to next season now to try and push on and get them back in the Championship.
“Everyone can say it’s a long trip and they’re not playing for anything but if we’re not on it then all of them things go out of the window.”
Please note tickets will be cash only at the turnstiles and prices increase on the day to:
Adults - £24.00
65+ - £12.00
Under 12's & 16's - no increase
Ambulant disabled - £12.00 (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.
Wheelchair £12.00 - (or relevant junior price) as well as a free carer if required.