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Blues vs The Cod Army - Five Things To Look Out For

21 September 2018

Five things to look out for ahead of Blues' Sky Bet League One clash with Fleetwood Town...

Pull-out Squad Photo

As ever on a matchday, Southend United's Official programme 'Roots Review' will be on sale around the grounds on the day of the game. But this Saturday's edition of the matchday magazine has a special feature that Blues fans don't want to miss! Inside the programme is a free fold-out A3 Official 2018/19 Squad Photo. You can pick up tomorrow's programme, which has an interview with Taylor Moore, around the ground from sellers and at the Ticket Office prior to kick-off for just £3!

Who starts up top?

The big question for Chris Powell heading into this weekend's game is who will be starting up top come 3pm on Saturday. Summer signing Tom Hopper has made a great impact at Blues scoring four goals in eight games, a goal every other game and if he keeps that form up then fans could expect a goal from the number nine tomorrow.

Simon Cox has played his part in a total of five goals so far this season, scoring one and setting up the other four with two coming against Peterborough.

Theo Robinson has scored two goals so far this season, one against Doncaster Rovers and the other against Charlton, a goal which he orchestrated from just outside the box, Theo also managed to get an assist against Bristol Rovers last month.

Bristol City loanee Shawn McCoulsky has scored four goals in six games, with his scoring efforts coming in his two starts for the club, the first against Brentford in the Carabao Cup and the second being against Cambridge United in the Checkatrade Trophy. McCoulsky has yet to make a league start the season and is another hot contender for this weekend. 

From the injury table

Chris Powell has stated that 18-year-old Dru Yearwood is tantalisingly close to returning to full fitness but tomorrow's game has come too soon for the midfielder.

All the players that have been selected since the start of the season will be available this weekend despite a few knocks and bruises in the side.

Harry Lennon, Luke Hyam, Rob Kiernan and Ted Smith are progressing day-by-day and Sam Barratt is still unavailable due to his long-term injury.

Powell looking for a response

Powell's side have been on the wrong end of results in recent weeks and after losing 2-0 to Shrewsbury last weekend the Blues boss wants to turn their fortunes around and he has every confidence in his team to bounce back. A good result for Southend could push them further away from the relegation zone and potentially could spur them onto a run of form.

The opposition

Tomorrow sees the visit of Fleetwood Town who are managed by former Premier League midfielder Joey Barton, his Cod Amry currently sit eighth in the League One table after winning three, drawing four and losing just one game, an opening day defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Town will be heading to Roots Hall without Captain Craig Morgan after the defender limped off last weekend with a hamstring injury and Conor McAleny who also limped off in their previous game.

Forward Wes Burns won't be available for selection with the 23-year-old's three-game suspension for a red card ending after Saturday's match. However, goalscorer Ched Evans is expected to return to the side after sitting out with a slight niggle last weekend and he could prove a real threat.

Barton added to his side on Friday morning with experienced winger Ross Wallace joining his team. Wallace made over 100 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday over three years and the former Scotland international could make his debut for the club against Southend.

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