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National League | Gameweek 36
Mar 3, 2023 at 7.45pm UK
Roots Hall Stadium
B

Southend
0 - 1
Barnet


Hobson (76')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Kanu (66')
Beard (28'), Diarra (51')

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

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Sports Mole previews Friday's National League clash between Southend United and Barnet, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Roots Hall is the location of some intriguing action in the National League on Friday night as Southend United host Barnet under the lights.

Both sides currently occupy positions in the playoffs heading into this clash, and a win for either would land a significant blow on their promotion rivals in this one.


Match preview

Southend have kicked on in the league after a disappointing FA Trophy exit at home to York City three weeks ago, winning three of their four matches in the fifth tier since.

A 4-0 loss at title-chasing Notts County at the end of February would have put the Shrimpers' capabilities into perspective after four-straight league successes before that, however there is still plenty of reason for optimism this season.

Kevin Maher's men are seventh in the National League standings ahead of this crucial clash with Barnet, sitting inside the playoffs by just a single point as the campaign reaches its business end.

Jack Bridge and Callum Powell have provided eight goals each to fire Southend into a promising place in the table, with both needing to continue their decent form if their side are to earn a top-seven spot come May.

Barnet travel to Southend on Friday in their worst form since September, having lost five of their last six games in the National League - a type of record which will not see them maintain their playoff position for much longer.

The Bees have the worst defensive record of any side in the top 10 of the fifth tier, and their backlines woes have been even more pronounced lately, conceding 14 in their last six matches.

Dean Brennan's side are fourth in the National League table ahead of a trip to Roots Hall, possessing a four-point advantage over Boreham Wood who lie in eighth before this weekend's round of fixtures.

Despite recent losses, Barnet have continued to fire in the goals and that shows on the goals for metric, with only Wrexham and Notts County having netted more than The Bees' 64 so far this campaign.

Southend United National League form:

Barnet National League form:


Team News

Southend United midfielder Harry Taylor started his fifth-straight game in the centre of the park in the win over Torquay United last time out and should be rewarded with another start here - extending his longest run in the side this season.

Cavanagh Miley netted a last-gasp winner at Torquay on the weekend and should maintain his place in the XI, with boss Maher hoping for an improved performance from their display on the coast despite collecting maximum points.

Barnet missed the attacking threat of forward Harry Smith in the defeat to Oldham Athletic last time out, and boss Brennan will be hoping that the six-goal striker is available on Friday night following a calf injury.

Bees goalkeeper Laurie Walker is also a doubt for the clash at Roots Hall after suffering a back injury this week, with Brennan desperate to avoid using a backup option in net at a time where his side are struggling defensively.

Southend United possible starting lineup:
Noukeu; Scott-Morriss, Taylor, Lomas, Kensdale; Hobson, Powell, Miley, Bridge; Hyde, Husin

Barnet possible starting lineup:
Walker; Green, Yarney, Hogan, Kitching; Sheron, Sutton, Chapman, Rooney; Shelton, Nuttall


We say: Southend United 2-1 Barnet

Southend should be buoyed after their last-minute heroics at Torquay last time out and have the opportunity here to record back-to-back wins by defeating a Barnet side who are stuttering at the moment.

The Bees are in free-fall in terms of results recently and need to save their season from ending in a disappointing manner, but we do not believe that they will start that recovery at Roots Hall on Friday night.


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3Bromley462215973492481
4AltrinchamAltrincham4622111384592577
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8Aldershot TownAldershot46209177483-969
9Southend UnitedSouthend4621121370452565
10Oldham AthleticOldham461518136360363
11Rochdale461614166964562
12Hartlepool UnitedHartlepool46179207082-1260
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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