Burton Albion vs Southend United...
Southend United return to action following a 10-day break as they travel to the Pirelli Stadium to take on Burton Albion this evening in League One.
Blues had a weekend off last weekend following their early exit from the Emirates FA Cup, while Burton ground out a 1-0 win at Oldham on Saturday to make it into the Third Round.
Sol Campbell’s side, therefore, should be the fresher of the two going into tonight’s contest which had been rearranged from mid-November due to Burton’s international call ups.
Blues’ well documented poor form showed no sign of abating last time out as the free-scoring Oxford United handed Southend a 4-0 defeat at Roots Hall.
Defeat by the Yellows extended Southend’s winless run in the league to nine matches with that victory over MK Dons back in September Blues’ sole win in the league so far this season.
Ignoring Burton’s cup exploits, last time out in the league they recorded a fantastic 2-1 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light which ended a run of three league games without a win.
Monday 22nd April 2019
Southend United 3-2 Burton Albion
Mantom 18’, Bunn 48’, Dieng 77’; Brayford 60’, Harness 86’
Southend grabbed a vital three points in their fight for survival as they put in a gutsy performance to beat Burton Albion 3-2 at Roots Hall with Timothee Dieng’s header proving to be the winner.
The Frenchman nodded Blues 3-1 in front with 13 minutes remaining. Marcus Harness scored late to make for a nervy finish, but Southend managed to hold on for their first win in three months.
Blues Team News
Sam Mantom looks set to make a return to the Blues squad, potentially even the starting line-up, as the midfielder returns from a two-month lay-off with a hamstring injury.
Stephen Humphrys is another who’s in line for a place in Campbell’s squad having missed the last five games with a thigh injury, bolstering Blues’ attacking options.
Ethan Hamilton is likely though to miss out with a slight groin problem, while longer-term absentees Charlie Kelman and John White remain unavailable.
Northern Ireland international Liam Boyce is arguably the one for Blues fans to look out for this evening with the 28-year-old striker having scored in his last two for The Brewers.
The experienced frontman scored the winner in last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup tie away at Oldham, four days removed from scoring the winner at Sunderland in a 2-1 win.
Boyce scored the opener for Burton when these sides met at the Pirelli Stadium in October 2018 and he’ll be looking to score in three consecutive matches for the first time since April/May 2017.
Darren Drysdale will take charge of Blues for the second time this season, being assisted by Lisa Rashid and Conor Brown, while Wade Smith fills in as the fourth official.
Drysdale was the man in the middle for Southend’s 4-3 defeat at Wycombe earlier this season and, last time out, he took charge of Tranmere’s Emirates FA Cup win over non-league Chichester City.
So far this campaign, Drysdale has taken charge of 20 matches across League One and Two as well as cup competitions, showing 72 yellow cards and one red.
Away Fans Guide
Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium is quite small in stature to some of the grounds in League One but meets the needs of The Brewers who only moved into the ground in 2005.
Made up of three terraced stands and one all-seater stand, those Blues fans making the journey tomorrow will find themselves housed in the corner of the main stand to the right of the dugouts.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Tickets for tonight’s clash came off sale at midday yesterday (2nd December) but will still be available to purchase from the Pirelli Stadium before kick-off.
Prices will increase by £2.00 from the advertised advanced ticket prices, with adult tickets this evening costing £24.00, concessions £22.00 and u17s £14.00.
Watch LIVE on iFollow Blues
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