AFC Wimbledon v Southend United – Kingsmeadow Stadium – Sky Bet League One – Wednesday 3pm
AFC Wimbledon v Southend United – Preview:
Beleaguered Southend United begin 2020 with a tricky trip to Kingsmeadow to face an AFC Wimbledon side that has negotiated it way out of the Sky Bet League One relegation places of late.
The Dons were beaten 2-1 by Oxford United last time out but have lost only two of their last six league outings. Meanwhile, the Blues – who were thrashed 4-1 by the Dons in the corresponding fixture back in October – have won just once all season and already look condemned to the drop come the end of the campaign.
Boss Sol Campbell, insisted his charges are improving, despite their wretched form. Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk after their spirited 2-2 Boxing Day draw with fellow-strugglers, Milton Keynes Dons, the former England defender explained: “We’ve been moving in the right direction; we just need to get over the line in the last third.
“We had more than enough chances to finish the game off, but the goalkeeper has had a worldy with a number of fantastic saves – just like our goalkeeper as well. I think if they had our chances, we’d have lost the game.
“We are playing better, we’re a bit more solid here and there, but there are lapses in concentration in both boxes. We just need that little bit more concentration and awareness; we’ve had more than enough chances to kill the game but we could have easily ended up losing the game.”
But ultimately, the manager and his team will be judged by the long-suffering Roots Hall faithful on results. Blues have failed to win any of their ten league matches since Campbell was appointed, picking up just three points along the way.
The Blues chief now faces an important January transfer window, where the clubs ambitions will be largely highlighted as they look to turn around what appears to be a rapidly sinking ship.
AFC Wimbledon v Southend United – Head to head:
AFC Wimbledon won: 8
Southend United won: 9
AFC Wimbledon v Southend United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
January 1, 2018 – League One
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Southend United
November 24, 2018 – League One
AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Southend United
March 16, 2019 – League One
Southend United 0-1 AFC Wimbledon
October 12, 2019 – League One
Southend United 1-4 AFC Wimbledon
November 13, 2019 – leasing.com Trophy
Southend United 3-1 AFC Wimbledon
Jeevesie’s prediction: AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Southend United