Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons – Roots Hall Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Thursday 3pm
Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons – Preview:
SOUTHEND UNITED face fellow Sky Bet League One strugglers, Milton Keynes Dons, knowing another defeat, coupled with a victory for Bolton Wanderers at Sunderland would see them slip to the bottom of the division.
Blues were beaten by the Trotters last time out – their seventeenth lost of a hugely disappointing season, but now come up against the only side they have beaten during the current campaign.
Charlie Kelman’s early goal handed Southend all three points at Stadium MK – but the south-east Essex outfit have since gone thirteen matches without tasting a league victory.
Despite seemingly odds on for relegation, Blues boss, Sol Campbell, recognised the importance of avoiding another defeat: “They’re all big games,” he told www.southendunited.co.uk.
“They’re there in and around us, but we’ve got to pick up points up against whoever we play. We can’t pick and choose.
“We’ve just got to set our stall out and hopefully, we’ll get the result with good performances and work ethic. If we drop off from that, we get exposed.”
The Dons arrive for the festive fixture ten points and one place above the Blues – although they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Gillingham last weekend. Russell Martin’s men have won just once in six outing – impressively by a single goal over promotion-chasing Oxford United.
Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons – Head to head:
Southend United won: 4
Milton Keynes Dons won: 8
Southend United v Milton Keynes Dons – Last five meetings (all competitions):
April 17, 2017 – League One
Southend United 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons
November 21, 2017 – League One
Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Southend United
April 21, 2018 – League One
Southend United 4-0 Milton Keynes Dons
August 27, 2019 – League One
Southend United 1-4 Milton Keynes Dons
September 21, 2019 – League One
Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Southend United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Southend United 1-1 Milton Keynes Dons