Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Roots Hall will host Saturday’s football match between Southend United and Cheltenham Town. Against all odds, the Shrimpers were on the verge of beating Exeter at home in their last league match, but the two teams eventually played out a 2-2 draw. Southend aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but they face an uphill task against Cheltenham Town.
The Robins, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a shocking 3-1 loss to Grimsby, and they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. Considering that the game will be played behind closed doors due to the fierce of coronavirus spread, we are tempted to put our money on the promotion-chasing visitors. In their last meeting in the League Two the Shrimpers emerged triumphant, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Rob Kiernan):
Rob Kiernan is a product of Watford football academy who plays for Southend United as a defender. Despite being born in Rickmansworh, England Kiernan represents Ireland in international matches. The 185-cm-tall centre-back made 14 appearances for the Ireland U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut with the senior squad.
Speaking of his club career, Rob Kiernan played for the likes of Watford, Kilmarnock, Yeovil Town, Bradford City, Wycombe Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion, Brentford, Birmingham City and Rangers before signing a permanent deal with Southend United in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee.
The Republic of Ireland international scored one goal in 10 appearances for the Seasiders in the League One, finding the back of the net in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. Kiernan’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. His contract with Southend United should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Cheltenham):
Founded in 1887 by a local teacher Albert Close White, Cheltenham Town are an English club that compete in League Two. The Robins wear white jerseys with red stripes and white shorts when playing at home, while sky blue is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Cheltenham Town clinched the FA Trophy in 1998, with the team defeating Southport 1-0 in the title game. The match was played at Wembley Stadium in front of 26,837 spectators, with John Eaton scoring the only goal of the match. The Robins have won Leamington Hospital Cup, Midland Floodlit Cup, Gloucestershire Senior Cup, Cheltenham League and Gloucestershire Senior Amateur North Challenge Cup as well.
The likes of Gloucester City and Hereford are seen as Cheltenham’s traditional rivals, while, in more recent years, Forest Green Rovers have been the club’s main rivals. A 12-0 win over Chippenham Rovers (November 2, 1935), with the team suffering their biggest defeat against Tydfil (1-10) on March 8, 1952.