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Preview: Barrow v Southend United

30 April 2021

A photograph of The Progression Solicitors Stadium Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
The Progression Solicitors Stadium

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Southend United's weekend visit to The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

Barrow v Southend United
Saturday 1st May 2021, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Southend United arrive at The Progression Solicitors Stadium this weekend knowing that they must win to keep alive hopes of retaining their place in the EFL.

The Shrimpers currently sit 23rd in the table but they are six points behind Scunthorpe United and Colchester United, both of whom have superior goal difference.

It means that Phil Brown’s men must collect six points from their two remaining games and hope for an eight-goal swing to jump above one of their rivals and escape relegation.

Southend will travel to Cumbria with an eye on completing a League Two double over The Bluebirds having run out 1-0 winners when the sides met at Roots Hall in January.

One To Watch
Southend United will be hoping Ricky Holmes can produce the creative spark to help them pull off a great escape in the remaining two games of the season.

The versatile forward signed for The Shrimpers in February following a spell with Northampton Town, returning to the club where he initially came through the ranks.

Holmes has over 300 senior games under his belt in the EFL and his vast experience will be an important commodity for Phil Brown’s men during their run-in.

Head To Head
This weekend’s game will be just the eighth encounter between the two clubs and Barrow have the edge having won five of the previous seven meetings.

The Bluebirds have enjoyed particular success on home soil against The Shrimpers having won on each of the three occasions that the Essex outfit have travelled north.

Referee
It will be Martin Coy’s first Barrow game of the campaign this weekend when he is the man in the middle for our League Two meeting with Southend United.

An experienced official, Coy has been part of the EFL’s bank of referees since 2017 and Saturday will be his 30th game of the 2020/21 season across all competitions.

His most recent outing came a week and a half ago when he watched Bolton Wanderers defeat Carlisle United 1-0 at The University of Bolton Stadium.

Betting
Barrow have been installed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Saturday, while Southend are rated a 5/2 shot for victory and the draw is priced up at odds of 9/4 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on Friday’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Saturday's game live on iFollow Barrow are now available so that you can enjoy every second of the action as we host Southend United.

Season Ticket holders are still able to enjoy complimentary access to home games and your iFollow accounts should now have been upgraded.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for Saturday’s game.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe every kick from our clash with The Shrimpers.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.


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