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News March 12, 2021

The Boro travel to Essex to take on Southend United at the Roots Hall Stadium as they go head to head in League Two.

Tom Pearce, Boro Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)

Alex Revell’s side were involved in a stalemate in the week as they drew 0-0 away to Leyton Orient.

Southend’s relegation worries continued midweek, losing 2-0 at home to Tranmere on Tuesday.

A win for the Boro could see them rise up to 13th place and just two points from the top half if results go their way.

This will be just the 11th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in the LDV Vans Trophy back in 2001, in which Southend won 4-1.

Stevenage have won just once in their last five games against The Shrimpers, drawing the reverse fixture 0-0 earlier this season.

How will tomorrow’s game play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Stevenage score in the first half? No

The Boro’s goal-scoring record isn’t great and they’ve scored fewer goals when playing away compared to at home.

They have found the net just four times from 18, averaging 0.22 goals scored per first half on the road.

Meanwhile, Southend have kept a clean sheet in the first period in 65% of their home games this campaign.

2. Will Stevenage score in the second half? Yes

Six of Stevenage’s last seven goals have all come in the second 45 minutes of the match.

They still haven’t scored many goals in the second period when playing away, with seven from 18.

The thing is, Southend have conceded in the second half in 65% of their home games so far.

3. How many goals will Stevenage score? 1

The Boro aren’t renowned for their goals this season, but it wouldn’t be unusual to see them score just one goal.

In fact, they have scored exactly one goal in half of their away games this season.

Southend have only kept four clean sheets from 17 on home soil, so it would be surprising if Stevenage did fail to score.

With 25 goals conceded from 17, they are currently averaging 1.47 goals against per home game.

4. How many shots on target will Stevenage have? 4+

Revell’s side kept the Orient goalkeeper busy on Tuesday, forcing him into making eight saves.

That means they have now hit the target on 123 occasions, averaging 3.51 shots on target per game.

The hosts have had four goalkeepers play between the sticks for them this season.

Between them, they have faced 123 shots on their goal. That’s an average of 3.61 shots on target against per 90.

5. How many corners will Stevenage be awarded? 4+

Revell’s side won five corners in the week, which means they’ve now been given 161 of them. That’s an average of 4.6 awarded per game.

From the 35 games they have played this campaign, they have won four or more corners in 22 of them.

Also, they were given five corners throughout the game in the reverse fixture.

6. How many saves will Stevenage goalkeepers make? 3

Jamie Cumming was simply a spectator in the midweek game, not having a single save to make throughout the 90 minutes.

He has prevented the ball from finding the net on 80 occasions, averaging 2.66 saves per game.

On the other hand, Southend seem to struggle to test opposition goalkeepers.

They have done so on just 83 occasions in 34 games, which is an average of 2.44 shots on target per game.

Quickfire

  • Will Luke Norris score? No
  • Will Elliot Osborne assist a goal? No
  • How many tackles will Luther Wildin make? 2
  • How many shots on target will Luke Norris have? 1

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