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National League | Gameweek 27
Dec 30, 2023 at 3pm UK
The Hive Stadium
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Barnet
1 - 0
Southend

Olowu (84')
Hall-Johnson (27'), Gorman (45+2'), Cropper (90+3'), Hartigan (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Vilhete (45+5'), Scott-Morriss (60'), Husin (90'), Taylor (90+2')

Preview: Barnet vs. Southend United - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's National League clash between Barnet and Southend United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Four days after meeting at Roots Hall, Barnet and Southend United will lock horns again on Saturday afternoon, with the home side looking to make it three straight victories in the National League.

Reece Hall-Johnson and Harry Pritchard scored the goals in a 2-0 Barnet success in Southend-on-Sea on Tuesday, with the result leaving the Bees in third position in the table, while Southend sit down in 15th spot.


Match preview

Barnet have been absent from League Two since the 2017-18 campaign; they finished fifth in the National League last season, which saw them make the playoffs, but they were beaten by Boreham Wood in the quarter-finals.

The Bees look well-placed to challenge for promotion once again this term, as a total of 49 points has left them in third position in the table, just three points behind second-placed Bromley, but they are 10 from the leaders Chesterfield.

Dean Brennan's side have picked up seven points from their last three National League matches, winning their last two against Boreham Wood and Southend, scoring eight goals in the process and conceding zero.

Barnet have been strong at home this season, picking up 26 points from their 12 matches in front of their own supporters, and they will be welcoming a Southend outfit that have recorded just three victories away from home during the 2023-24 campaign.

Hall-Johnson made the breakthrough in the fourth minute of Tuesday's contest at Roots Hall, before a 78th-minute Pritchard penalty secured all three points for the North London outfit.

Southend's financial issues saw them hit with a 10-point deduction earlier this season, with the team currently down in 14th position in the table, boasting a record of 11 wins, five draws and eight defeats.

Without the deduction, the Blues would be just one point off the playoffs, which is a reflection of their strength, and the supporters can at least look forward to a brighter future, as head coach Kevin Maher has signed a new deal, while there have been positive developments on a takeover.

Australian Justin Rees is heading a consortium which is set to take over the club in early 2024, which will bring to an end their transfer embargo and allow them to add to what is a very stretched squad.

The Essex outfit have only managed to win one of their last five matches in all competitions, which was a 2-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers in the National League on December 23.

Southend, if they are able to boost their squad in January, are capable of embarking on a run which would move them closer to the playoffs in the second half of the campaign, and the new owners will certainly be targeting a return to the Football League sooner rather than later.

Barnet National League form:


Barnet form (all competitions):


Southend United National League form:


Team News

Barnet head coach Brennan could name the same XI that took to the field for the first whistle against Southend on Boxing Day.

Nicke Kabamba has been in impressive form for the Bees during the 2023-24 campaign, scoring 17 times in the National League, and he will again feature in the final third of the field.

Idris Kanu was replaced at the interval against the Blues last time out, but he is expected to be in the first XI for the clash with Southend at the Hive Stadium.

Southend, meanwhile, still have a number of players unavailable for selection, with the most notable of those being leading goalscorer Harry Cardwell, who has not played since the start of the month due to a knee problem.

Head coach Maher was only able to name three substitutes against Barnet last time out, which could also be the case for this match.

Henry Sandat, 18, is back at the club on a loan deal from Hull City, and he is again expected to feature in the final third of the field, while Noor Husin should also be in the side.


Barnet possible starting lineup:
Walker; Hall-Johnson, Collinge, Stevens, Oluwo; Pritchard, Gorman, Hartigan, Brunt; Kabamba, Kanu

Southend United possible starting lineup:
Ndi; Scott-Morriss, Taylor, Kensdale, Ralph; Bridge, Vilhete, Fonguck, Coker, Nusin; Sandat


We say: Barnet 1-0 Southend United

Southend's squad will again be stretched for this match, and while there are seemingly brighter times ahead for the club, this could be another frustrating game. Barnet have been one of the best sides in the division this season, and we are expecting them to win again on Saturday.



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CChesterfield4631510106654198
2Barnet462681291603186
3Bromley462215973492481
4AltrinchamAltrincham4622111384592577
5Solihull MoorsSolihull462113127162976
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8Aldershot TownAldershot46209177483-969
9Southend UnitedSouthend4621121370452565
10Oldham AthleticOldham461518136360363
11Rochdale461614166964562
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13Eastleigh461611197387-1459
14Maidenhead UnitedMaidenhead461513186067-758
15Dagenham & RedbridgeDag & Red461414186963656
16WealdstoneWealdstone461511206072-1256
17Woking461510214955-655
18Fylde461510217482-855
19Ebbsfleet461412205974-1554
20York City461217175569-1453
21Boreham WoodBoreham Wood461216185973-1452
22Kidderminster HarriersKidderminster461113224059-1946
23Dorking WanderersDorking46129255485-3145
24Oxford CityOxford City4689295494-4033
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