Southend United vs Bristol Rovers
Southend United will be looking to end the season on a high and record a fourth straight win as they host Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall tomorrow afternoon.
Wins over MK Dons, Oldham and Bradford have left Blues fans already eagerly anticipating next season and a win for Chris Powell’s side would cement a top-10 finish.
Tomorrow’s visitors, Bristol, have meandered towards the finish-line this campaign having failed to win any of their six games in April, with four draws and two defeats.
But Rovers can still claim a place in the top-half with a win against Southend, a side who they comfortably beat 3-0 back in December at the Memorial Stadium.
Southend United: WWWLLW
Bristol Rovers: DDLDDL
9th December 2017: Bristol Rovers (Bodin, Harrison, Sercombe) 3 vs 0 Southend United
11th March 2017: Bristol Rovers (Bodin, Gaffney) 2 vs 0 Southend United
20th August 2016: Southend United (Cox) 1 vs 1 (Hartley) Bristol Rovers
Southend will still be without a raft of players for the season’s finale with at least eight first team players out missing with various injuries.
Defenders Ben Coker, Anton Ferdinand and Michael Turner remain out meaning it’ll likely be an unchanged back-four to that that kept clean sheets against Oldham and Bradford.
Josh Wright, Michael Timlin and Anthony Wordsworth are also out of contention, which could pave the way for youngster Lewis Gard to make his first Blues appearance at Roots Hall.
Bristol also have an extensive injury-list and they’ll be without Stuart Sinclair, Joe Partington and Daniel Leadbitter who have all been recently sidelined.
Rovers will also be without their trio of loan players, Marc Bola, Dominic Telford and Ryan Sweeney after the club confirmed they had all returned to their parent clubs.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“They’ve had a number of draws recently and in some ways, it’s job done, they haven’t got involved in anything above them but definitely not down below.
“A bit similar to us in many respects, but we want to end the season on a positive note. I think that will be good for us momentum-wise and we’ve been good at home.
“We’ve started well at home and it’s up to us to perform.”
Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager:
"We want to put in a good performance against a side who have picked up since Chris Powell's gone in."
"We know we've got nothing to play for except pride, but we'll try and win the game and finish on a positive."