Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Saturday’s relegation six-pointer at Roots Hall pits together Southend United and Tranmere Rovers. Southend United are on a 15-game winless run in the League One, but their recent performances are much better than the results. The Shrimpers are eager to record their first league win since September 21, 2019, but they will have to prove their worth on the field.
Tranmere did well to come from three goals behind to share the spoils with Watford in the FA Cup round 3 at the weekend, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the trip to Essex. Considering that both teams are likely to go for a win in the relegation six-pointer, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. When the two teams met at Prenton Park earlier this season they played out a 1-1 draw.
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 (Tranmere):
Based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, Tranmere Rovers are a professional club that compete in the League One. Tranmere were founded back in 1884 under the name of Belmont FC, with the football arms of cricket clubs Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmont coming together. The club recorded their first win later in 1884 as they outclassed Brunswick Rovers 4-0.
Nowadays Tranmere Rovers play their home games at Prenton Park, the venue which can hold up to 15,567 people. The Rovers wear white shirts and blue shorts in home matches, but back in the 19th century orange and red were the dominating colours on their kit.
Tranmere fans see Bolton Wanderers as the club’s main rivals, but they have built a small rivalry with Chester City and Everton as well. The Prenton Park outfit did well to make it to the League Cup final in the 1993/1994 season, but Aston Villa proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.