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Goals galore, doing the double and options for the boss

5 Things To Look Out For At Blues vs Saddlers

2 March 2018

Chris Powell's side will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in League One with a fourth straight win at home against Walsall...

Here are five things to look out for when Blues face the Saddlers on Saturday.

Unbeaten Form

Blues aren’t just on a five-game unbeaten run in League One, they are also on a three-match unbeaten run against tomorrow’s opposition.

The last three results between the two sides have ended in a 1-0 win at the Banks’s Stadium (this season), a 3-2 victory at Roots Hall as Blues came back from being 2-0 down at half time and the final back at the Banks’s Stadium which ended in a goalless draw. Can Blues continue their run of form?

Doing the double

Could this weekend be the first time Southend have done the double over Walsall since 2008?

The first season the two sides played against each other took place 90 years ago.

This was the first time Blues beat Walsall in both home and away games. Strangely enough the away game ended in a 1-0 win for Southend and also took place in October. Tomorrow’s game will take place in March, just like the first home game between the two sides did. Could it end in a 2-1 win just like it did 90 years ago?

Goals galore

Blues have netted nine goals in their last three home games, with midfielder Stephen McLaughlin being involved in four of those goals thanks to his tricky footwork and excellent deliveries.

Defender Jason Demetriou has also found his eye for goal in recent games, with the Cyprian international currently topping Blues’ goal scoring form with eight goals to his name this season, of which five have come when playing at Roots Hall. Could we expect more goals this weekend?

The opposition

Walsall head into tomorrow’s game on the back of one win out of their last five games (DWDLL) which Saddlers boss Jon Whitney will almost certainly want to turn around the bad run with just 12 games left in the season. Can Blues keep the Saddlers at bay?

Options for the boss

With the return of Josh Wright, Anthony Wordsworth, Sam Mantom and Michael Kightly this week the Blues boss might have a headache in terms of team selection.

Both Wright and Wordsworth were playing exceptionally well for Southend before their injuries and will be calling for a place in the team now they are back and match ready, but Kightly’s impressive displays have earnt him goals in recent weeks that could push him in front of others and loanee Sam Mantom has yet to make his debut for Southend will definitely want to mark his Southend career with a debut in front of the roaring home support. Who will Powell pick?

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