Southend vs Peterborough by Luke
Southend had four victories in a row in official matches before they suffered two defeats in League One and will surely be trying to get back on the winning track here. Firstly they have suffered defeat away to Doncaster, but then also last weekend on the road against simply way more concrete and experienced Wigan 3:0.
Their opponents simply entered the game way better and took the lead in eight minute already via Jacobs, while it was much easier for them once Southend stood playing with a man less, back in 59th minute when McGlashan got excluded with a red card. Since that moment on the ball possession went to the home side, while they managed to score twice more, in last ten minutes of the game when the visitors tried to risk more - in 84th minute via Powell and 88th minute with a goal from Toney. Southend now slipped down the table to fifteenth position having just four more than relegating placed AFC Wimbledon and as said, will be looking to bounce back to positive ways in this one.
Midfielder Jermaine McGlashan will miss this one due suspension, while defender Michael Turner remains doubtful after recovering slowly from a hamstring injury. Central defender Rob Kiernan will miss next couple of months due undergoing surgery.
Peterborough, on the other hand, is in a really bad momentum now, coming from four consecutive negative results (three losses in League One and a defeat after penalty kicks in Checkatrade Trophy as well). They firstly suffered defeats on the road to Oldham and at home against Oxford United, but also lost the points in a home game last weekend with a narrow loss against Gillingham FC 0:1 last Saturday afternoon.
They were quite a big favorites on the paper against Gillingham, but couldn't convert their chances into the goals, while the visitors surprised them with the leading goal in 35th minute via Martin and actually stood well in the defense till the end of the match. The side has now slipped down the table with twenty earned points so far to seventh position, which is just a point less than play-off ranked Oxford and surely will be going for a victory here trying to restore their good atmosphere.
Visitors have midfielder Michael Doughty as doubtful for this one after the player missed the previous game too. Forward Junior Morais is still injured, while defensive midfielder Callum Chettle returns probably in this one.
- Southend has three consecutive over 2.5 goals matches.
Both teams are coming into this match trying to get back and re-vive their good old form. I can't see this match in any other manner, but being quite an open one from the first minute. With both teams seeking a victory and both having completely unreliable defensive lineups, over goals is my first choice.