There’s League One action on Wednesday from Roots Hall and we’ve picked out the best three football betting tips for the match. The Football League action is stretched right across a number of days and on Wednesday two teams who are level on points meet in Essex.
Southend v Sheffield United Preview
Hearts were in mouths for many Sheffield United fans and backers alike as they surrendered a 2-0 lead at home to Crewe on Friday. The Blades used their superior firepower to strike again late on though and rescue any sort of embarrassment.
It’s been an odd season for Nigel Adkins side who haven’t hit the kind of heights expected. That 3-2 win was just their third win in eight games and they have been hugely ineffective away from home losing three of the last four
They’ve won just five times this calendar year – four of their five victories have been against four of the current bottom five. So, it’s hard to see them overturning a Southend side who are solid at home.
It was Billy Sharp who scored the winner for the South Yorkshire side on Friday and both he and Che Adams got on the scoresheet. There’s no shortage of goals, but there are plenty of defensive lapses.
Jay McEveley hailed his side’s ‘Never Say Die’ attitude in their victory on Friday and it keeps them within six points of the play-offs (before Monday’s fixtures). It’s going to be difficult, but far from impossible and a loss here would seemingly quash those hopes.
Southend struggled against form-team Rochdale on Friday as they were beaten 4-1. Dale are putting together a run at just the right time of the season so it’s no slight on Southend losing at Spotland. Their defending will be a concern to Phil Brown though and he’ll be looking for a solid performance here.
The boss ruled out any chance of making the play-offs after that defeat, but a win here and they’re right back in the mix.
Shrimper’s fans will be confident that their side’s home form will be enough to see them through here as they’ve won nine times here in front of their fans.
Brown called on his side to play with pride for the rest of the season and not let their season peter out. Despite his crushing assessment of their top six credentials, the players will still be confident they can finish the season on a high and they won’t make things easy for Sheffield United.
Southend v Sheffield United Team News
There are a number of injuries for Southend which have decimated their squad in recent weeks. Brown didn’t make any changes for Friday’s game, but he may want to shore up the back four ahead of this one. Many fans commented that the loss of Ryan Leonard has affected the team and he remains side-lined for this one. The midfielder is struggling with a knee injury and is joined by Michael Timlin and the experienced duo David Mooney and Noel Hunt.
Adkins made a number of changes ahead of the Crewe match and it is likely that he’ll stick with Sharp and the re-instated Che Adams up front. David Edgar, Alex Baptiste, Florent Cuvelier & Connor Sammon were all dropped for the match on Friday and will be pushing for a re-start.
Youngsters Louis Reed and Ben Whiteman impressed and may both get a starting place for this one.
Southend v Sheffield United Predictions
Although Phil Brown has declared Southend’s play-off hopes over, I still think they are the best bet in this one. Their home form is vastly superior to Sheffield United’s away form and they recently beat Burton here and held Gillingham to a draw. My first Southend v Sheffield United prediction is for Southend to win. They are 15/8 with Betfair.
With Southend conceding four to Rochdale and Sheffield United blowing a two goal lead, I can’t be confident of clean sheets being kept here. The home side have only kept a single clean sheet in their last 10. My second Southend v Sheffield United prediction is for Both Teams to Score? Yes. It can be backed at 8/9 with 888Sport.
The front two were praised by their manager and captain alike for Sheffield United and I think one of them can strike here for my anytime goalscorer tip. Che Adams is the better priced of the two, so he is the bet. My third Southend v Sheffield United betting tip is for Che Adams to score anytime. He is 23/10 with Coral.
Southend v Sheffield United Betting Tips
Southend win – get the best odds 15/8 with Betfair.
Che Adams to score anytime – get the best odds 23/10 with Coral.
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