Southend United vs Barnsley
English FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Roots Hall Stadium (Southend-on-Sea).
League One rivals Southend United and Barnsley are set to battle each other for a place in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon at Roots Hall Stadium. It’s the stage the Tykes were just stopped at in the previous term of the competition. Can they match such success and reach the third round for the second year in a row?
The visitors will certainly be clear favourites to grab the spoils here. They have sky-high ambitions of making it only a one-year spell of loan in League One football. Barnsley sit 3rd in the league ladder after 18 rounds of the competition. They head into this in a fine form which saw Daniel Stendel’s troops win six on the trot before drawing 1-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers seven days ago.
Southend United vs Barnsley: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other exactly a month ago when Barnsley claimed a 1-0 victory at Oakwell Stadium.
It was their first encounter since the 2015/16 League One campaign when the Shrimpers took a double via 2-1 and 2-0 wins.
Both teams found the net just once in past four head to head affairs.
Southend United vs Barnsley: Prediction
Southend had lots of troubles to go past a League Two outfit Crawley Town in the first round. They only advanced after extra-time as both games ended in draws (1-1 and 2-2). Nevertheless, Christopher Powell’s men were ruthless in the extra-time when they netted four goals to make it a 2-6 victory at Broadfield Stadium ten days ago.
The Shrimpers have not gone beyond the first round in past four years. They are struggling badly in League One where they lost four in a row, a thread which includes the aforementioned defeat to the Tykes at Oakwell.
It all points out to Barnsley’s victory and we have to back the visitors to advance after the first leg at the odds of 2.15.
Southend United vs Barnsley: Bet Tips
Barnsley to win @ 2.15 (23/20)
Barnsley Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.20 (6/5).