Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Roots Hall pits together David and Goliath. Relegation-threatened Southend United take on promotion-chasing Coventry City on Matchday 34 in what is expected to be a very entertaining showdown. The Sky Blues aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Portsmouth, meaning that they are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Essex.
Coventry City are seen as one of the main favourites for automatic promotion, and they are surely capable of beating the Shrimpers, who will be without influential winger Sam Barratt in Saturday’s clash. Matt Godden, who came from the bench and scored the winner against the Pompey, is likely to return to the starting line-up against Southend United. When the two teams met at St. Andrew’s Stadium in the first half of the season Coventry emerged triumphant, with Zain Westbrooke scoring the only goal of the match.
Highlighted Player (Rob Kiernan):
Rob Kiernan is a product of Watford football academy who plays for Southend United as a defender. Despite being born in Rickmansworh, England Kiernan represents Ireland in international matches. The 185-cm-tall centre-back made 14 appearances for the Ireland U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior squad.
Speaking of his club career, Rob Kiernan played for the likes of Watford, Kilmarnock, Yeovil Town, Bradford City, Wycombe Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Brentford, Birmingham City and Rangers before signing a permanent deal with Southend United in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee.
The Republic of Ireland international scored one goal in 10 appearances for the Seasiders in the League One, finding the back of the net in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. Kiernan’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. His contract with Southend United should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Coventry):
Nicknamed the Sky Blues, Coventry City are an English football club that compete in the League One. Coventry City, who were founded on August 13, 1883 as Singers FC, wear sky blue kit when playing on home soil, whilst their away colour is white.
Aston Villa and Leicester City are considered the club’s main rivals, but they have rivalry with fellow West Midlands clubs Wallsall and Burton Albion as well. Coventry City have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to go all the way in the FA Cup in the 1986/1987 season, with the team beat Charlton Athletic in the two-legged final. They share stadium with Birmingham City, with both clubs playing their home games at St. Andrew’s Stadium.
Built in December, 1906, St. Andrew’s Stadium can hold up to 29,409 spectators. Dion Dublin is one of the most famous Coventry City players, with the legendary centre-forward scoring 61 goals in 145 appearances for the club in the league.