Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Oxford United, who have not been in action in the League One since November 2, 2019, take on Southend United at Roots Hall on Matchday 19. The Yellows have been scoring goals for fun in the first half of the season, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play against Southend United. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be experienced midfielder James Henry, who has already netted seven goals in the 2019/2020 League One season.
The Shrimpers, on the other hand, are on a four-match losing run in the English third tier, with the team conceding 15 goals in total in those encounters. Given Southend United's shaky defence, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Oxford United, who are eyeing promotion to the English second 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 (Oxford United):
Oxford United are one of the oldest clubs in the League One as they were founded back in 1893. However, Oxford United adopted their current name 67 years later and have been playing under it ever since.
Over the years the Yellows have built a great rivalry with Swindon Town and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two sides. Oxford United play home matches at Kassam Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 12,500. The stadium was built in 1997 and has been Oxford United’s home ground ever since. The Boys from Up the Hill are well known for their yellow and blue colours, but they play their away games in dark blue (with a little yellow) or black kits.
Oxford’s player with the most league appearances is John Shuker, playing 478 games for the club from 1962 to 1977. On the other hand, Jim Magilton is the club’s most capped player in internationals, playing 18 games for Northern Ireland.