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League One preview and odds: Sheffield United vs. Southend

Published on: 13/11/2015

League One preview and odds: Sheffield United vs. Southend

November 14, 2015 15:00pm - Bramall Lane

League One

Two teams just a point apart in the table will go head-to-head this weekend as Sheffield United welcome Southend United to Bramall Lane in League One.

Sheffield United looking to break mini-slump

Sheffield United’s strong home form has helped them to stay in the race for the play-off positons. However, back to back defeats in their last two games have seen them fall to eighth place in the league with a total of 24 points. They come into this game on the back of a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to League One strugglers Fleetwood in midweek. Nigel Adkins will be hoping that his team can get their season back on track with a win over their mid-table visitors.

Southend looking for first win in four

Southend will make the trip to Bramall Lane in search of their first league win in four outings having drawn their last two since losing at Chesterfield. They were unbeaten in their first five away games of the season until consecutive losses to Burton and Chesterfield ended their joy on the road.

Phil Brown’s team could go above Sheffield United in the League One table if they can claim all three points on their weekend visit to South Yorkshire. However, their lack of goal scoring prowess could hinder their chances. Only four teams in the league have scored fewer goals than the Shrimpers this term.

They come into this game on the back of a Football League Trophy win over Bristol Rovers just days after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Scunthorpe.

Team news

Sheffield United may welcome back long-term absentee James Wallace after he successfully made his first appearance of the season in the midweek cup game. Defender Jay McEveley also appeared in that game and is in contention for the weekend.

Recent form (League)

Sheffield United: LLWDW

Southend United: DDLWW

Betting odds and tips

Southend have only scored one goal in their last three away games and have only managed 17 goals all season. This should be a close game but the home should edge it and can be backed at 10/11 with Betfred to grab all three points. For better odds, you may be tempted by the 9/4 on offer from PaddyPower for a home win to nil.

Published on: 13/11/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (13/11/2015 17:08:12) but are subject to change.