Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Southend will be looking to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Harrogate and Southend when they host Morecambe at their Roots Hall. The Shrimpers do not seem to be competitive at this level, and it should come as no surprise the odds for away win have been dropping rapidly. Southend United suffered elimination in both EFL Cup and EFL Trophy as well, and you should know that they are on a four-game losing run in all competitions ahead of Matchday 3.
Morecambe, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to Cambridge United. The visitors are eager to get back on course, and seeing that they defeated Cheltenham in their first away game of the season, we are tempted to put our money on Ron Martin’s troops. Ireland international Liam McAlinden is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
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 (Morecambe):
Based in Lancashire, England, Morecambe are a professional club that compete in the League 2. The Shrimps were founded in 1920, and they welcome their home rivals at Globe Arena. The venue, which was opened in August, 2010, can hold up to 6,476 people.
Morecambe wear red shirts and red shorts when playing in front of home fans, while yellow is the dominant colour of their away kit. Fellow Lancashire-based club Accrington Stanley are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals. The Shrimps have rivalries with the likes of Lancaster City, Fleetwood Town, Barrow, Kendal Town, and Southport as well.
In 1974 Morecambe won the FA Trophy as they defeated Dartford 2-1 in the title game, and 14 years later they lifted the Conference League Cup trophy. The Shrimps secured promotion into the Football League with a 2-1 win over Exeter City in the 2007 play-offs final.