Play Off hopefuls Southend United travel to doomed side Coventry City on Tuesday night in a must win match for the Essex side. Only 3 points will be acceptable against a Sky Blue team which has won just 5 of their 36 games this season.
Whilst a win for City will do absolutely nothing to save their season, Southend on the other hand sit in seventh place with a game in hand. They will be looking to take a step closer to the play offs by coming away from the Ricoh Arena as victors. As well as this they need to regain some confidence after their 2-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
The two sides met at Roots Hall back in December where goals from Anthony Wordsworth, Anton Ferdinand and Stephen McLaughlin put the game to bed for the home side with 20 minutes left. Daniel Agyei scored a consolation with 2 minutes remaining but ultimately there was only one winner on a rainy, miserable day in the South East.
Andy Rose suffered medial knee ligament damage in Coventry’s trip to Southend so will miss the rest of the season. Chris Stokes played his first minutes of league football in a year yesterday after cruciate ligament damage but was forced off with cramp so Mark Robins might not want to risk the left back. Jordan Willis may also not be ready to come back into the side after struggling with various injuries lately
Kevin Foley also had to leave the field in a non tactical change, Dion Kelly-Evans seems to be a ready made replacement in his absence however. Southend on the other hand will have to go without Jason Demitriou who will miss the match after accumulating 5 yellow cards. Aside from that the Blues have a clean bill of health.
Expected Starting XIs
Coventry City (4-4-2) Burge – Kelly-Evans, Clarke, Turnbull, Haynes – G Thomas, Stevenson, Bigirimana, Reid – K Thomas, Beavon.
Southend United (4-4-2) Smith – White, Thompson, Ferdinand, Coker – McLaughlin, Timlin, Wordsworth, Leonard – Ranger, Cox
Coventry City haven’t had much let up at all this season and you couldn’t envisage them getting anything against Southend. A 2-0 victory for the visitors seems to be the most likely outcome of the match, with Coventry offering next to nothing in attack.