Oldham Ahletic vs Southend United
Southend United head to Boundary Park tomorrow afternoon to take an Oldham Athletic side who find themselves just inside the League One relegation zone.
The Latics currently sit 21st in the table, below Fleetwood Town on goal difference, but they’ll have been buoyed by two wins and a draw in their last three games.
Blues go into this weekend on their own unbeaten run with boss Chris Powell yet to taste defeat in his opening five matches in charge, including last Saturday’s 3-1 win against Portsmouth.
Powell has overseen four wins in those five games, with the only blemish being a 0-0 draw at Bury, a result the Blues boss will be keen not to repeat on Southend’s latest trip to Manchester.
Oldham Athletic: WDWLLL
Southend United: WDWWWL
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
Southend will have both Josh Wright and loanee Sam Mantom available for selection at the weekend after both returned to action this week following hamstring and groin injuries respectively.
Wright came on as a late substitute in the win against Portsmouth last weekend and scored for Blues’ u23 side in midweek against MK Dons, a game that Mantom also played a part in.
Theo Robinson scored four goals in a 5-0 win against Dons which he hopes will have grabbed the attention of boss Chris Powell, who’ll certainly be without Michael Kightly and John White.
Richie Wellens may look to give midfielder Patrick McEleney his debut for the Latics after he returned from injury to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Manchester United this week.
Fellow midfielder Wilfried Moimbe is also available against after suspension with Wellens hopeful of having Eoin Doyle back after an illness. Rob Hunt will miss out with a hamstring injury.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
"I know Ritchie Wellens really well, we were teammates at Leicester and he was a very stylish midfielder. His team started off like that for sure and got some really good results.
"They had a dip like most teams do at this level, but they’ve picked themselves up again.
"It’s a tough game for us in respect of not only them picking up recently, but they’re fighting for the lives.
"Like most teams we’re coming up against in the next few weeks, they’re going to be a real test of our resolve."
“They have got two ways of playing. We have watched their game against Bury and their pitch is similar to ours and it meant they went quite long. They play the percentages a lot and play a rigid 4-4-2 so I imagine it will be similar to that.
“Whether they go away from home to a nice pitch and play different then that is another thing but we think that the Bury game is a good gauge for us. Powell has proven that he can work different styles and get results.”
Tickets will come off sale from the Blues Box Office at 3pm on Friday 23rd February.
Matchday prices are as follows:
Adults - £24.00
65+ - £12.00
Under 12's & 16's tickets don't increase on the day.
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.