SOUTHEND UNITED - HARTLEPOOL UNITED
I have written on and off about Southend this season, they were always going to be too good to languish in the bottom half of the table for too long and with a little more luck, could have got involved in the play-off race. I suppose it is still possible, but six points off the pace and with an inferior goal difference and having played a game more, there is not really any margin for error. Still, it is a bit early for them to give up just yet and I favour them to beat a Hartlepool side that are getting dragged firmly into the releagtion battle. The visitors are very low on confidence, have won just 2 from 15, including losing the last four, conceding two or more in each.
Hosts lost the reverse fixture 3-0 and claim to be out for revenge, for some reason that defeat especially hurt and is still talked about at Roots Hall.Southend have won 9 from 12, a draw has absolutely no value for them, they have to look for at least six wins from their seven remaining games and this has to be the first of them. Three of Pools next four starts after tonight are relegation "six pointers" and although they would love something from tonight, they might already have one eye on the matches ahead.
5.5 points Southend -3/4 ball 2.07 asian line.