Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Southend United will be aiming to make amends for a 3-2 loss to fellow relegation strugglers Bolton, when they take on Milton Keynes, Dons at their Roots Hall on Boxing Day. The Shrimpers continue to struggle in the 2019/2020 season, but they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways in the League One. Considering that Southend are 13 points behind the “safe zone”, this has to go down as yet another must-win game for the hosts.
MK Dons have been struggling in the English third tier this term as well, with the team collecting 17 from possible 63 points. Russell Martin’s troops are not regarded as good travellers; therefore, we are tempted to put our money on the Shrimpers, who are desperate to pick up all three points from the Boxing Day showdown.
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 (MK Dons):
Based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes Dons are a League One club that welcome their rivals at Stadium MK. The venue was opened in 2007 and can hold up to 30,500 spectators. Milton Keynes Dons play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst their away kit is red.
The Dons are one of the youngest clubs in England as they were founded in 2004, but they are well known for youth development. English attacker is the club’s all-time top goal-scorer, netting 62 goals in 165 appearances for MK Dons. Dele Alli, who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur, is the most famous footballer to have played for the Milton Keynes Dons, netting 18 goals in 62 appearances for the club in the league.
Speaking of notable coaches, it has to be noted that former Liverpool superstar Robbie Fowler and ex German international Dietmar Hamman were in charge of the club.