Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Southend United and Exeter Town face each other at Roots Hall on day 5 of the new League Two campaign. Southend have been anything but good at the start of the season, with the team collecting only one point in total from possible 12. The Shrimpers aim to put an end to their four-game winless run, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Exeter Town.
The Grecians, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Mansfield Town and Cambridge United. Exeter have been showing signs of improvement of late, and they should take advantage of Southend’s slow start to the season. The Grecians are more of a team than the Shrimpers, and seeing that the game will be played behind closed doors, away win should be considered. In their last encounter in League Two Southend defeated Exeter 1-0, 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 (Exeter):
Nicknamed the Grecians, Exeter City are a professional football club that welcome their rivals at St. James Park. The stadium was opened in September 1904, and it can hold up to 8,696 spectators. Exeter City play their homes in white jerseys with red stripes, and black shorts, while violet and yellow are the dominant colours of their away kit.
The Grecians made it to the FA Cup quarter-finals on two occasions (1930/31, 1980/81), with the team advancing to the FA Trophy semis in the 2005/06 season. The likes of Harry Gee, Cliff Bastin, Maurice Setters, Dick Pym, Fred Whitlow, Arnold Mitchell, Tony Kellow, Fred Binney, Darran Rowbotham, Lee Sharp, and David Pleat are one of the most notable footballers who played for Exeter City in the past.
Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Bristol Rovers, and Yeovil Town are considered the club’s fiercest rivals. The Grecians currently compete in the League Two.