Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Tranmere will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Leyton Orient when they take on Southend United on day 8 of the new League Two campaign. Mike Jackson’s men have been playing below expectations at the start of the season, but the game against the Seasiders could be the turning point for the home team. Southend United do not seem to be competitive at this level, and seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss at Salford City, scoring two own goals, we believe that home win should be considered.
Forward Nathan Ralph suffered an injury in the midweek clash, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Tranmere failed to beat Southend in the previous five meetings between the two clubs in all competitions, but we believe that the time has come for Mike Jackson’s troops to put an end to the negative trend.
Highlighted Player (Jay Spearing):
After impressing in Liverpool’s youth academy, Jay Spearing made 30 appearances in the league for the first team. However, the English midfielder was playing below expectations in the Premier League and, as a result, he was sent on loan to Leicester City in 2010.
Spearing played for Bolton Wanderers on loan as well and in 2013 he signed a permanent deal with the Trotters. He scored three goals, while providing six assists for his teammates in 37 appearances for Bolton in the 2016/2017 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the Championship.
Jay Spearing, who was born in Wallasey, England on November 25, 1988, has yet to make his England debut. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of playing as both central and left midfielder as well. Jay Spearing has a deal with Bolton Wanderers which expires in the summer of 2021.
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.