Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Crawley Town will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over Scunthorpe and Oldham when they welcome Southend United at the People’s Pension Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Reds aim to keep on climbing the League Two standings, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Southend United. The Seasiders, on the other hand, continue where they left last term, with the team struggling in the English second tier as well.
Southend United have been struggling at the back at the start of the season, and they are unlikely to spoil Crawley’s party at the People’s Pension Stadium. The attacking partnership of Nadesan and Nichols has been in a perfect working order of late, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the home team. The two teams in the League Two for the first time since 2012 when they played out a goalless draw.
Highlighted Player (Gyliano van Velzen):
Gyliano van Velzen is a professional football player who was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on April 14, 1994. Van Velzen is a product of the famous Ajax football academy, but in 2010 he moved to the Manchester United football school. Despite signing a professional deal with the English giants, he did not see any game action for the Red Devils in the Premier League.
After ending his loan spell with Royal Antwerp in 2013, he signed a permanent deal with Eredivisie side Utrecht. The pacey Dutch winger played for the likes of Volendam and Roda as well before joining League Two side Crawley Town. Gyliano van Velzen made his Crawley Town debut in a 3-1 loss to Forest Green Rovers on October 5, 2019.
His main position is a left winger, but he is used as a right winger as well. Since Gyliano van Velzen has dual citizenship, he is eligible to represent both Netherlands and Suriname on the international stage.
Highlighted Team (Southend):
Nicknamed the Shrimpers, Southend United are a League One club which is located in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Southend United were founded back in 1906 and have been wearing dark blue shirts and shorts ever since.
The colour of their away shirt is sky blue, with the team wearing black shorts when playing on the travels. Roots Hall is the club’s home ground, the venue which was built in 1952 and opened three years later. The capacity of the stadium is 12,392. Fellow Essex team Colchester United are seen as Southend United’s biggest rivals. The two clubs were in the race for top position in the League One in the 2005/2006 season, with Southend eventually winning the battle.
Southend United recorded their biggest ever win in the 1934/1935 season, with the team rolling over Golders Green 10-1 in the FA Cup. The Shrimpers suffered their biggest defeat in the 1965/1966 season when they were beaten by Brighton 9-1.