Stevenage v Southend United Preview

May 9, 2015 | By

Ladbrokes - £25 Free Bets for New CustomersEnglish League Two Play-Off semi-Final 1st Leg action Sunday Evening comes from The Lamex Stadium featuring Stevenage versus Southend United.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 18:35pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Stevenage v Southend United Preview, League Two Play-offs Semi-Final 1st Leg, Sunday 10th May 2015.

With Stevenage’ impressive run come the end of the season they had just managed to sneak into the play-offs with four points to spare, what must of hurt for their neighbours Luton Town is that it was them who were left just out side in eight position, even with them beating Stevenage in the last game of the season. Stevenage were relegated last season and were seen as one of the favourites to go straight back up, yet a few poor runs and sloppy late goal mishaps eventually see them slip further down the table. however after Christmas they turned it back on and showed what they club can do and eventually earned the right to go back up as the play-off winners, even though they are not the bookmakers favourites.

Southend United are the bookmakers favourites to win the play-offs and join League Two winners Burton Albion, as well as Shrewsbury Town and Bury who earned automatic promotion positions. Southend United themselves also left it late to win a place in the play-offs with coming 5th. They had won seven games on the trot before eventually losing the last game of the season to Morcambe who finished in 11th. With Stevenage at home Southend United are not the favourites to come away with a win here, yet if it was managed the second leg at home should definitely seal the clubs chances of making it to the final to face either Wycombe Wanderers or Plymouth Argyle.

 Stevenage v Southend United Team News

 Stevenage Team News:

Stevenage rested a number of players in the loss to Luton Town, however manager Graham Westley will no doubt revert back to his original team to face Southend United for the 1st leg on Sunday. Southend United hadn’t conceded any goals in their previous seven games until the 3 – 1 loss in their last game, so scoring will not be easy even though the club are at home.

Southend United Team News:

Southend United’s Phil Brown is the first to try his mind games against Westley and has painted Stevenage as more of a thug team than a side who can play football. Southend United are the favourites to progress to the play-off finals yet only a good result be it a win or draw will see them through. If they did lose by a goal or two then the game becomes more difficult, yet Southend United have proven they can score plenty of goals this season.

 Stevenage v Southend United Head to Head Statistics

In the four games we have recorded between these two sides we can see it is Southend United who have had the better results with two wins, a loss and a 1 – 1 draw at Stevenage. Two more fixtures will be added to this record in the next week or so with the two clubs featuring in a 1st and 2nd leg play-off battle.

21/02/15 LET Stevenage vs Southend United 4 : 2
16/08/14 LET Southend United vs Stevenage 2 : 0
22/04/11 LET Southend United vs Stevenage 1 : 0
23/11/10 LET Stevenage vs Southend United 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the four games played between these two clubs we have seen a total of 11 goals scored. This is going to give us a goals per game average of 2.7 and I feel selecting anything around that mark could be a good option for Saturdays game.

 Stevenage v Southend United Recent Form (Left to Right)

 Stevenage: L W D W W

Southend United: L W W W W

Both clubs have ended the season strongly, yet it is Southend United who are the team in better form with seven wins and a single last game loss which ended a decent run. Stevenage did also finish strongly yet like Southend United, did also lose their last game of the season.

 Stevenage v Southend United Match Betting Odds Market.

Stevenage come into this game as the bookmakers favourites to win, and if they wish to have any chance or progressing into the final only a good strong win will do. Best odds on the win can be seen here @ 13/8 with Betfred – Bet £10 Get £30 Free Bets for New Registering Accounts

The Draw will be a good result for Southend United although their opponents could struggle in the 2nd leg against this side who rarely concede. Best odds on the draw can be seen coming in here @ 23/10 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets plus an addition £5 & also get 10 Free Spins

Southend United are the bookmakers favourites to actually win the play-offs all together even though they are not for this away leg against Stevenage. The best odds on the away win can be seen coming in here @ 11/5 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bets when You Register a New Account

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 Stevenage v Southend United Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

League Tow Play-Off action on Sunday can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition and features Stevenage at home, against Southend United who are the bookmakers favourites to win the tie over both legs. They are also the bookmakers favourites to win the play-off final and join in the fun in League One next season.

Both teams ended the season very strongly and both earned their right to finish in the play-off positions. Although Southend United did finish the strongest having won seven of their remaining eight games. Stevenage and Southend United both lost their final game of the season although we do know that Stevenage rested a fair few players against Luton Town to make sure they were fresh for this play-off 1st leg tie.

My predictions for this game will see both teams come out of the game with a result of some worth. I do feel Stevenage can win, although I can’t see it being a high scoring game as Southend United don’t exactly concede too many these days. So for that I am going for a Stevenage 1 – 0 win. The next will be for both teams to score in the game, and for the game to end as a draw after the ninety minutes. A result that will suit Southend United as they then look to push on in the 2nd leg.

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