Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 16th August 2014, 3pm
Roots Hall Stadium
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Weather: Sunny, 19°c
Advance sales have now ceased however tickets will be available on the day at Roots Hall. Stevenage fans are required to visit the Blues Box Office to purchase tickets before making their way to the North Stand, which is an all-seated stand.
Young Person: £14 (17-20 years old)
Under 8: £5
Family Ticket: £21 (1 adult, 1 child)
Last time we met:
The two teams last met back in April 2011 when a late Barry Corr winner gave Southend all three-points at Roots Hall. Stevenage faced an uphill struggle after Peter Winn was dismissed for a challenge on Sean Clohessy just before the half-time break. Boro were given a lifeline when Bilel Mohsni fouled Byron Harrison in the box but John Mousinho saw his resulting penalty saved by Glenn Morris. And Corr latched onto Ryan Hall's cross and won with with a 12-yard drive in the 80th minute.
Boro: Day, Henry, Ashton, Roberts (Bridges), Laird, Wilson, Mousinho, Bostwick, Winn, Harrison, Charles (Reid)
Subs not used: Welch, Foster, Murphy, Beardsley, Sinclair
Simon Walton is available to make his competitive debut for Stevenage after sitting out the first two games through suspension. Chris Beardsley (knee), Ronnie Henry (knee), Dean Parrett (ACL) and Calvin Zola (hamstring) miss out through injury so Boro could name a similar side to that which played in midweek.
Southend are likely to make up to seven changes from their Capital One Cup defeat to Walsall and revert back to 4-4-2 after Phil Brown gave starts to a number of his squad in a new formation in midweek. Myles Weston, Shaquile Coulthirst and Cian Bolger should make their home league debuts but Michael Timlin (elbow) is out.
View from the dressing room:
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Both teams kicked off the campaign with 1-0 victories and the hosts are favoured with Sky Bet to make it two from two, after a fair effort against Walsall in the Cup in midweek . A Southend United win is 23/20, while the draw is 23/10 and Stevenage 12/5. Southend are 11/4 to win by exactly one goal, with Stevenage 7/2 in the same market, while it’s 5/6 that both teams find the net during the match. Lee Barnard for the home side is the 11/2 market-leader to be first goalscorer, while the shortest-priced man for the visitors in the same market is Adam Marriott at 7/1.
Top tip: 1-1, 2-2, or 3-3 at 7/2.
Not going to the game?
Listen to live match commentary on the Boro Player service where you'll also find full match highlights and full post-match interviews on Sunday. We'll also be providing live minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter account @stevenagefc, with the key incidents reported live on our Facebook page. The best match day photos will be posted on the club's Instagram account. Two minute highlights of the game will be on our YouTube page on Sunday afternoon.