Southend United v Stevenage Preview

May 13, 2015 | By

Ladbrokes - £25 Free Bets for New CustomersEnglish League Two Play-Off semi-Final 2nd Leg action Thursday night comes from Roots Hall Stadium and features Southend United versus Stevenage.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 5 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Southend United v Stevenage Preview, League Two Play-Offs Semi-Final 2nd Leg, Thursday 14th May 2015

Southend United head into this game having secured a very important 1-1 draw in the 1st leg over the weekend and now with home advantage where they have lost only 10 matches during the seasonal campaign and having finished 12pts ahead of Stevenage in the league table, the whole squad along with their fans will be confident of winning this game and booking their place in the play off final at Wembley Stadium.

Stevenage really needed to win their 1st leg match last weekend as with their away record in the league this season not having been great, they will obviously find this match extremely difficult indeed, especially at having lost their away fixture against Southend United 4-2 back in August last year.

Southend United v Stevenage Team News

Southend United Team News:

Michael Timlin looks unlikely to feature in this game having had to have 15 stitches in a head wound picked up in the 1st leg over the weekend. John White is a major doubt as he is still suffering from a hamstring problem and both Ryan Leonard and Will Atkinson will under take a late fitness test to see if they can be involved as both players are also carrying knocks.

Stevenage Team News:

The visitors will be without both Adam Marriott and Darius Charles due to injury related problems and Ronnie Henry will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved after missing the 1st leg with a hip problem.

Southend United v Stevenage Head to Head Statistics

Thursday night’s 2nd leg game from Roots Hall Stadium will become the 6th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Southend United have won 2, both of those victories having came with home advantage, where as Stevenage having managed just the 1 win, with 0 victories having came at Roots Hall Stadium.

Our head to head statistics table below shows the previous five matches played between the two clubs and as we can see it has been Southend United who have had much the better results having won 2, with Southend United having won just the 1 with the remaining two games finishing all square.

10/05/15 LET Stevenage v Southend United 1 : 1
21/02/15 LET Stevenage v Southend United 4 : 2
16/08/14 LET Southend United v Stevenage 2 : 0
22/04/11 LET Southend United v Stevenage 1 : 0
23/11/10 LET Stevenage v Southend United 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

13 Goals have been scored in the previous 5 matches played between the two clubs over the years and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.60.

3 of those Goals have came in the 2 previous games played at Roots Hall Stadium between the two clubs and this generates us an average goals per statistic for this match of 1.50.

Looking at both sets of data, it does seem to suggest that we should see very few goals scored in this game on Thursday night and the Under 2.5 Goals Market looks the place to concentrate on from a betting point of view.

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Southend United v Stevenage Recent Form (Left to Right)

Southend United: W W W L D

Stevenage: W D W L D

Southend United will head into this game as the side with the clear advantage on the recent form statistics as they have managed 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat during their last five matches played, compared to Stevenage who have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 of their previous five matches played.

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Stevenage v Southend United Match Betting Odds Market.

Southend United head into this game as the clear favourites to win the match and are currently a best price of 19/20 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets plus an addition £5 & also get 10 Free Spins

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Stevenage could only managed a 1-1 draw in the first leg with home advantage and did lose their league match against Southend United at Roots Hall Stadium 4-2, so no real surprise to see them at a current best price of 10/3 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bets when You Register a New Account

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

The first leg was a very tight affair, but one that I thought Southend United were definitely the better side and now with home advantage and in front of their home fans I would expect the hosts to be the ones celebrating come the full time whistle.

Stevenage will obviously give it their best shot, but with a couple of key players unavailable due to injury, their squad does look to be a bit weaker than their hosts and their failure not to win the first leg over the weekend could prove costly.

The average goals per game statistics are not expecting this match to see many goals scored and I do see it being extremely difficult for Stevenage to score in this game as Southend United will obviously be defending very deep in order to protect their vital away goal and I can see this game possibly finishing up in a 0-o draw or Southend United to nick it 1-0.

As such my Banker prediction for this game is going to be for Southend United to Win as with having beat Stevenage 4-2 in the league at Roots Hall back in August last year, they will certainly be confident of replicating that victory.

My Saver is going to be for Southend United top goalscorer Barry Corr to Score the First Goal of the Game as he has scored 15 times for his club this season and looks the most likely scorer for the hosts.

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