Gillingham vs Southend United...
Blues make the short trip over the River Thames tomorrow afternoon to face off against local rivals Gillingham as Chris Powell’s side look to extend their unbeaten run in the league.
Gillingham have been somewhat of a bogey side for Southend in recent years, but Blues put to bed a nine-game winless run against their Kent rivals back in April with a thumping 4-0 win.
Both sides though will go into the weekend with some confidence, with Blues wanting to add to their four-game unbeaten run while Gills look to build on a superb 2-0 win away at Portsmouth.
Saturday will also see the first usage of Gillingham’s new £500,000 hybrid pitch which they finished installing this week, just in time for Gills to go on the hunt for a second home win of the season.
Southend United: LDWWWL
2nd April 2018: Southend United (Turner, Robinson, Kightly, McLaughlin) 4 vs 0 Gillingham
29th August 2017: Gillingham (Parker, Ferdinand OG) 2 vs 1 (McLaughlin)
26th August 2017: Gillingham (Eaves 3) 3 vs 3 (Leonard, Kightly, Cox) Southend United
Southend will be without full-back Jason Demetriou for the weekend as he’s away on international duty with Cyprus, along with compatriot Harry Kyprianou who’s away with the u21 side.
John White and Tom Hopper both limped off during last weekend’s draw with Oxford and have been rated 50/50, while Saturday is likely to come too soon for Harry Lennon.
Harry Bunn remains out with a heel problem picked up a number of weeks ago along with Luke Hyam who’s continuing to recover from an ankle injury.
Gillingham will be without Brandon Hanlan for at least a month after he picked up a hamstring injury in the midweek Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Tottenham’s u21 side.
Connor Ogilvie has returned to training while Regan Charles-Cook and Billy Bingham are both close to a return but won’t be risked on Saturday. Josh Parker is on international duty with Antigua.
Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:
“We have to be aware of what they can do but like all League One games it’s just about what happens on the day.
“You just have to be prepared and focus on what you’re good at because they’re all difficult games and this one is no different.
“We’re going there with momentum behind us and if we go there and make it 13 points from 15 then you’re talking about staying where we are and aiming higher.