Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s football game at Roots Hall pits together Southend United and Ipswich Town, the two teams with completely different ambitions in the 2019/2020 League One season. The Shrimpers, whose main goal is to secure the League One survival, must be low on confidence ahead of the visit of the Tractor Boys as they were hammered by Doncaster Rovers 7-1 in their last league fixture.
The hosts have been struggling at the back of late and seeing that they conceded 12 goals in total in previous three league matches, we do not believe that they are capable of matching the promotion-chasing team. The Tractor Boys failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to the likes of Accrington Stanley and Rotherham United, but they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course in the English third tier.
Highlighted Player (Joe Shaughnessy):
After spending his youth career at Mervue United and Salthill Devon, Joe Shaughnessy signed his first professional deal with Aberdeen in June 2009. Shaughnessy made 53 appearances for the club in the Scottish Premier League before joining St. Johnstone in 2015.
In October 2017 the Irish defender was named the club’s captain as he replaced Steven Anderson in the role. Joe Shaughnessy, who played for the likes of Forfar Athletic and Falkirk on loan in the past, left St. Johnstone at the end of the 2018/2019 season, signing a one-year deal with Southend United.
The Irish footballer made his League One debut in a 1-0 loss to Coventry City in the opening match of the season. His main position is centre-back, but he is used as a right-back as well. His contract with Southend United should expire on June 30, 2020. Joe Shaughnessy’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Ipswich):
Ipswich Town are an English football club that was formed in 1878. Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1894 and the capacity of the venue, which was expanded in 2002, is 30,311. The Tractor Boys compete in the Championship, but they used to play in the English Premier League in the past as well. Ipswich Town last appeared in the elite division in the 2001/2002 season.
Ipswich won the FA Cup in 1978, with the team beating Arsenal (1-0) in the title game. However, the club’s biggest success came in 1981 when they outplayed AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Cup final. It has to be noted that the Tractor Boys have yet to suffer a loss at home ground in the European competitions.
Norwich City are regarded as Ipswich Town’s bitterest rivals and it is well known that the two sides take on each other in the East Anglian derby.