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Match Preview - Southend v Walsall


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For now tomorrows game is still ON so we will do a match preview like normal - we will let you know if the game is postponed on our usual channels.

Saddlers go into the game following two defeats on the bounce, Southend have won four out their last five.

Vital Quotes:

Whitney '"Southend play with a high energy, they play a direct style of football and they put you under a lot of pressure," he added. "The weather may play a factor but I think the game will be on. They have got an army of fans going to clear the pitch for them. But we are looking forward to it.'

Southend Team News:

Southend are boosted by the news that Anthiny Wordsworth and Michael Kightly are back in training and ready to face the Saddlers tomorrow.

Player to watch: Jason Demetriou

Demetriou needs no introduction to Walsall fans following his brilliant spell with the club.

Demetriou is currently Southends leading goalscorer with eight goals this season.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall will be without vice captain Joe Edwards who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. Flo Cuvelier, Reece Flanagan and Maz Kouhyar will all be fighting for his place in the side.

Player to watch: Julien Ngoy

Ngoy has scored two in three games since arriving on loan from Stoke City - Ngoy is one of a few players that is showing some confidence at present and will be seen as our dangerman tomorrow.

Match Facts & Stats

Southend have won four out their last five games under new boss Chris Powell.

Walsall have lost their last two and currently have lost five out our last eight away games, drawing the other three.

Southend have won the last two games against the Saddlers with the last game ending 1-0 to the Shrimpers earlier this season with Simon Cox getting the goal.

Ref Watch:

Charles Breakspear is the man in the middle tomorrow. Breakspear has officiated thirty eight games so far this season - dishing out one hundred and thirty nine yellows, fifteen reds and awarding eight penalties. Breakspear officiated our away game with Northampton this season where he sent off Bakayoko in the final minute of the match. He has given away three penalties in games involving the Saddlers - two to the opposition and one to us (which we missed)

Match Prediction:

Everything points to a Southend win if it isnt called off. They are on a crest of a wave and we are just plodding along - they will fancy their chances of making a last ditch push for the play offs. Southend 2-0 Walsall

Next Fixtures:

06.03.18 - Walsall v Rochdale

Writer:Vital Walsall
Date:Friday March 2 2018
Time: 10:39AM

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