Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Southend United and Bradford City face each other at Roots Hall in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Tuesday’s program. The Seasiders aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to Cambridge United and Mansfield Town, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field in the midweek clash. It has to be noted that Southend United are eyeing their fifth home win of the season.
The Bantams, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement of late. Bradford are undefeated in the previous six league fixtures, and they are surely capable of matching the rock-bottom side at Roots Hall. The Bantams have been in a much better form of late than the Seasiders, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the away team.
Highlighted Player (Mark Oxley):
Born in Sheffield, England, on the 2nd of June, 1990, Oxley's football journey started as a Rotherham youth product. The English International signed his first professional contract with the Millers in 2007 but failed to make a single appearance for the club during that season.
The following season, he signed for Hull City, who, in turn, sent him out on successive loans to clubs like Walsall, Grimbsy Town, Oldham Athletic, and Hibernian. The 6ft 3-inch goalkeeper's professional debut meanwhile, came on the 27th of February, 2010, playing for Grimbsy in a 2-0 away loss to Dagenham in League Two. Oxley's performance during his six-month loan period with Hibernian earned him a permanent deal. He signed a two-year contract starting with the club in July 2015. In his time at the Scottish outfit, he made 90 appearances and kept 35 clean sheets. Oxley then joined his current club Southend in July 2016 on an initial two-year deal.
He had a fantastic first season, winning both fans' player of the year and players' player of the year awards. As of August 2018, Oxley has signed a contract extension and also got given the captain's armband. On the International forefront, the 29-year-old is a former youth International having capped once for England at the under-18 level.