Apologies for the shorter than usual post this week, below are all the important facts you need for Southend.
Leicester City will be Champions of a division for the first time in 29 years if;
i) They win at Southend
ii) They draw and both Peterborough United and MK Dons fail to win
iii) They lose, Peterborough lose and MK Dons fail to win.
Leicester City will be promoted from League One at the first time of asking if;
i) They win at Roots Hall
ii) They draw and either Peterborough United or MK Dons fail to win
iii) They lose and either Peterborough United lose or MK Dons fail to win.
The simplest scenario of all is of course the Leicester win. If that happens, nothing else matters. But Southend will be a tough nut to crack at Roots Hall. Had it not been for a terrible run over Christmas and New Year the Shrimpers’ mathematical play-off chances might have been more statistically significant. They have done remarkably well to turn their season around after finding themselves in 17th place in late January.
Southend have been one of the divisions form sides since then, the second best in February and the 3rd best in March to be precise. This success has been built on solid if unspectacular victories. Southend have won just five games by more than one goal this season, by contrast City have won a dozen.
The Shrimpers boast the second best home defensive record in League One with just 18 goals conceded. Peterborough and Leeds have both lost here, but more recently MK Dons and Millwall have won.
Whatever you do, don’t place you money on a draw. Southend haven’t been involved in one for 18 matches and their last home match to finish all square was 16 games ago on the 1st November. Like Hereford last week, Southend are yet to win this season when they have been behind at the break.
So there you have it. That P next to City’ name can’t come soon enough.