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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Travel To Roots Hall In League One Action

Mark Robins side take on Southend this weekend...

19 October 2018

Founded: 1906
Stadium: Roots Hall
Capacity: 12,292
Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 6NQ
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Shrimpers
Year Ground Opened: 1955

 

Famous Game: League Cup Fourth Round vs Manchester United 2006

A third round win against Leeds United set up a tie against trophy holders and Premier League Champions Manchester United, with a side containing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

After 25 minutes, striker Freddy Eastwood curled a free kick into the top corner from 30 yards out which gave The Shrimpers a 1-0 lead.

The Shrimpers held on for one the most famous victories in the clubs history.

 

Club Legend: Stan Collymore

After finding chances hard to come by at Crystal Palace, with Collymore understudy to Mark Bright and Ian Wright, Collymore signed for Divison One side Southend United in 1992.

When relegation seemed likely, Collymore's 18 goals in 31 games proved vital to the clubs survival.

Collymore is quoted as saying "I count helping to keep Southend in the First Division in my season there as one of my finest achievements."

Collymore would move to Nottingham Forest in 1993 for an initial fee of £2 million, going on to feature for Liverpool, Aston Villa, Fulham, Leicester City, Bradford City and Real Oviedo, making him one of the greatest strikers ever to play for the club.

Other notable former players include Freddy Eastwood, Alan Moody, Sandy Anderson and Roy Hollis.

 

Last Six

Win- Southend 1-0 Fleetwood

Win- Wycombe 2-3 Southend

Win- Burton 1-2 Southend

Draw- Southend 0-0 Oxford

Lost- Colchester 2-0 Southend

Win- Gillingham 0-2 Southend

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 21

Draw: 13

Southend United (W): 24

 

Opposition

After a good start to the season Southend are currently unbeaten in five league games and sit 9th in the table. The Shrimpers will be looking to push into the play-off spots, which they are currently three points outside of, when The Sky Blues visit Roots Hall. However, a win for Coventry will see them leap frog Southend in the table.

Southend’s players form was proven last week as along with Dujon Sterling, Simon Cox made the EFL team of the week, after bagging a brace in 3 minutes against Gillingham last weekend.

Coventry currently have the upper hand in head to head record by three games, however Southend have come out on top in the last meetings between the two club. The Sky Blues haven’t beaten the Shrimpers in the last six which was back in October of 2006.

 

Last Time We Met

The two sides met almost 18 months ago, the last time the club was in League One, at the Ricoh Arena.

The Shrimpers took all three points home that day, with a comfortable 2-0 victory against the Sky Blues.

Striker Nile Ranger fired home from close range with just two minutes on the clock, before midfielder Ryan Leonard doubled Southend's lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of a deflected free kick.

 

Kit

Coventry City will wear the white away kit at Southend.

 

Sky Bet odds

The home side victory is clear favourite going into this weekends fixture, with a Southend win at 1/1 with a Coventry victory at 14/5.

After his late winner last weekend vs Wycombe Conor Chaplin is at 7/1 for first goal scorer, with Southend finisher Simon Cox being 9/2 to bag the first goal.

In the three out of the last five times the two teams have met, both teams have scored, with the odds being boosted in a both teams to score, Southend win at 7/2 and a both teams to score, Coventry win at 15/2

 


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