Southend United vs MK Dons...
Southend United welcome MK Dons to Roots Hall this Boxing Day with both sides looking for a late Christmas present to help boost their survival hopes.
Currently, both Blues and the Dons sit inside the relegation zone, however, today's visitors are 10 points better off than their hosts and sit just three points adrift of safety.
But Southend will be looking to draw upon their impressive Boxing Day record, which has seen them lose just once in their last 16 matches played on December 26th.
Blues were unable to build on their draw against Rotherham the weekend before last, following that up with a controversial 3-2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
Defeat at Bolton extended Southend’s winless run to 13 matches with Sol Campbell’s side collecting just the two points from their last six league outings.
MK Dons come into Boxing Day off the back of a defeat to Gillingham last weekend with the Dons picking up only four points from the last 18 available.
Saturday 21st September 2019
MK Dons 0-1 Southend United
Charlie Kelman’s early strike for Southend ensured the visitors picked up their first win of the League One campaign in a dogged 1-0 win at Stadium:MK.
The Blues youngster latched onto a loose ball inside the box to slot home what would be the winner in just the fourth minute with Southend able to hold on for a vital victory.
Blues Team News
Harry Lennon is expected to miss the remainder of the League One season after breaking his leg in last weekend’s defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
Lennon’s absence adds to the growing list of left-sided options unavailable to Sol Campbell, joining the likes of Nathan Ralph who’s out long-term after shoulder surgery.
Tom Hopper has declared himself fit to start after returning from a nasty cut to his ankle to come off the bench last weekend, giving Campbell some food for thought regarding his attacking options.
MK Dons Danger Man
Joe Mason looks like being the man to watch out for on Boxing Day with the striker notching three times in his last five matches for the Dons, including the winner in a 1-0 victory over Oxford United.
Mason’s season took some time to get going after picking up an injury in pre-season which kept the 28-year-old out of action for over three months.
But since making his debut for the club in early November, the 28-year-old has breathed new life into the Dons who’ll be looking to him to provide the cutting edge upfront at Roots Hall.
Neil Hair will be the one taking control of Blues’ festive fixture, being assisted by Anthony Da Costa and Ryan Whitaker, with Christopher O’Donn filling in as the fourth official.
This will be Hair’s second visit to Roots Hall this season having, funnily enough, taken charge of the League Cup tie between Southend and MK Dons back in August.
So far this campaign, Hair has officiated 15 matches, issuing 49 yellow cards and two reds, and last time out was in the middle of Wycombe’s 2-0 victory against Burton Albion.
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