Forest Green Rovers vs Southend United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
NAILSWORTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: General view of New Lawn Stadium home of Forest Green Rovers on March 19, 2020 in Nailsworth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Forest Green Rovers host relegation candidates Southend United this Wednesday at 18:00 GMT in an EFL League Two fixture at the New Lawn Stadium.

The Green Devils, who are sitting comfortably in an automatic promotion place, meet the Shrimpers in a game which is so important for each clubs respective goals; clinching promotion and avoiding relegation.

Mark Cooper's side are coming into the game after an impressive 2-0 win against Newport County whilst Mark Molesley’s men lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers at Roots Hall.

Team news

Forest Green have a fully fit side with no players facing suspension either.

Alan McCormack could make his first appearance for the Blues since his injury earlier this season.

Terrell Egbri and James Olayinka are still a while away from returning to the squad.

Predicted line-ups:

Forest Green Rovers: Thomas; Cargill, Sweeney, Stokes, Godwin-Malife; Cadden, Adams, Whitehouse, Bailey; Collins, Matt.

Southend United: Oxley; Clifford, White, Hobson, Bwomono; Nathaniel-George, Dieng, Ferguson, Taylor, Holmes; Akinola.

Form guide:

Forest Green have gained 13 points out of their last 15 available, only failing to beat Cheltenham Town in a 0-0 draw at the New Lawn Stadium. Their home form is not as impressive however, only defeating Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic in their last five games.

Southend’s form is inconsistent to say the least, only gaining four points from a possible 15. An impressive win against Newport as well as a draw against Cambridge United are silver linings in yet another dull period for the Blues.

Ones to watch:

Jamille Matt

The Green Devils striker has been a threat all season, scoring 11 goals in 28 matches making him the clubs top scorer.

The 31-year-old is renowned for his hold up play and strength, something that the infamously shaky Southend defence may have a hard time dealing with.

Ricky Holmes

The Blues new signing made his debut as a second half substitute against Bolton last Saturday and, although Southend lost the game, Holmes showed moments of quality on and off the ball.

A first start for the winger could be on the cards, and with Southend struggling for goals, a full 90 minutes for the veteran could change the Shrimpers tides.

Previous meetings

Southend hosted Forest Green Rovers at Roots Hall in November this season where the visitors gained all three points in a 1-0 victory.

Second half substitute Jake Young scored in the 63rd minute to ensure all three points returned to Gloucestershire.

How to watch

The match is available on iFollow via Forest Green’s or Southend’s respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom. Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00.

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