Peterborough United vs Southend United...
Blues are back on the road again this evening as they make the trip to the Weston Homes Stadium to take on in-form Peterborough United.
Darren Ferguson’s side have looked imperious in recent weeks and boast a front two of Mo Eisa and Ivan Toney that have notched 34 times between them in the league this season.
This will no doubt be a massive test for Sol Campbell’s side who showed great character on Saturday against Blackpool and will need that sort of character again against the promotion chasers.
Saturday’s defeat to Blackpool was just a second defeat in the last seven for Blues who’d won two of their last three prior to the 2-1 reversal by the Tangerines.
Southend currently sit 13th in the League One form guide following two wins, two draws and two defeats, with their wins coming away to Accrington and at home to Lincoln.
Peterborough have been on a tear in recent weeks and are currently on a five-match winning run, which has seen them beat Wycombe, Rotherham, Accrington, Ipswich and Oxford.
Tuesday 20th August 2019
Southend United 0-2 Peterborough United
Eisa 55’, Toney 57’
Two goals in two minutes by the aforementioned Mo Eisa and Ivan Toney saw Peterborough pick up their first win of the season as they brushed aside Southend United 2-0 at Roots Hall.
Eisa got on the end of a Marcus Maddison delivery to put the visitors in front after the interval before Maddison once again provided the ball for Toney to chest down and fire in from a tight angle.
Blues Team News
Sol Campbell will look to rotate his squad as best he can after the Blues boss commented that some of his younger players may struggle playing so many games in quick succession.
Charlie Kelman was one named by the Blues boss as maybe needing a rest, with games coming thick and fast against Coventry, Gillingham and Burton Albion in the next 11 days.
Southend, though, still have a number of players out through injury, including Stephen Humphrys who is still waiting to find out the full extent of his facial injury picked up against Doncaster.
Long-term absentees Joe Shaughnessy and Harry Kyprianou are back in training but are way off being involved this evening, along with other absentees such as John White and Harry Phillips.
Some things just don’t change, and Ivan Toney continues to be Peterborough’s biggest threat and he’ll be the one to look out for this evening having scored six goals in his last five matches.
Toney has previous too against Southend, scoring against Blues on his last two visits to Roots Hall as well as grabbing a goal in a 3-0 win for Wigan against Southend in 2017.
The 23-year-old has pace and strength in abundance and has already equalled his goal tally for the whole of last season – a mark he hopefully won’t be surpassing this evening.
Carl Boyeson will be the man in the middle this evening, being assisted by Conor Farrell and Stephen Finch with Paul Hobday filling in as the fourth official.
The vastly experienced referee first took charge of Blues in 2002 but hasn’t refereed a Southend game since November 2017 when he oversaw Blues’ 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
This season the East Yorkshire official has taken charge of 20 matches, issuing 51 yellows and three reds, with his last appearance coming in a 1-0 win for Rochdale at home to Shrewsbury.
Away Fans Guide
The Weston Homes Stadium – more commonly known as London Road – has been home to the Posh since 1934 and has a capacity of 15,314.
Travelling Blues fans will find themselves over to the left of the Main Stand, which sits opposite the impressive-looking BGL Family Stand, and can hold up to 1,800 visiting supporters.
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.
Southend have been given an allocation of 519 seated tickets in the Main North Stand at the Weston Homes Stadium with tickets coming off sale at midday today (11th February).
You can purchase your tickets by visiting the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 and tickets will be available to collect from the collection booth at Peterborough’s ground.
Tickets will also be available to purchase at the stadium either in cash at the turnstile or by card at the Ticket Office, but they are subject to a small matchday increase.
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