Barrow vs Southend United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Southend United will require taking all three points if they are to have any chance of keeping their slender League Two survival hopes alive when the take on Barrow at Holker Street on Saturday afternoon. 

The Shrimpers currently sit 23rd in the table, six points behind their closest relegation rivals, and will also need results from the games involving Scunthorpe United and Colchester United to go their way if they are to have any possibility of avoiding the drop regardless of their own score-line.   

Phil Brown's team find themselves in this position after securing their first win in six on Saturday after beating play-off hopefuls Leyton Orient 2-1, but they will be aiming for a bigger margin of victory when they travel to Cumbria at the weekend as they also need to make up a negative eight goal difference on Scunthorpe if they are to have any chance of maintaining their place in the Football League.  

Barrow on the other hand, come into the game with little left to play for after managing to secure their own survival during the week with a 2-0 victory away against Forest Green Rovers and currently sit 20th on the table. 

Team news 

United will likely be without midfielder Timothee Dieng after the Frenchman was rushed back from a hamstring injury for their last outing before having to be taken off after just 26 minutes.

Jason Demetriou will also be absent for Southend as he is currently serving a three-match suspension he picked following a red card against Colchester last week. 

Barrow boss Rob Kelly, however, will enter the fixture with a full contingent to choose from with his team having come away without any new injury concerns following their trip to Gloucestershire during the week.      

Predicted line ups

Barrow AFC (3-5-2)

Dixon; Eardley, Platt, Thomas; Brown, Barry, Beadling, Taylor, Brough; Andrew, Quigley.

Southend United (4-2-3-1)

Oxley; Bwomono, White, Cordner, Hart; Ferguson, Taylor; Egbri, Holmes, Hackett-Fairchild; Halford.

Ones to watch 

Reeco Hackett-Fairchild (Southend United)

Since joining the Shrimpers on loan from Portsmouth in January, Hackett-Fairchild has brought a new dynamic to the Southend attack and given new life to a team which has badly struggled to create chances throughout this season.  

His pace and ability to skilfully dribble with the ball has been instrumental in keeping his teams season alive even this far and if the Seasiders are to have any chance of retaining their place in the Football League then they will undoubtedly require two more influential performances from the 23-year-old in their remaining games. 

Scott Quigley (Barrow AFC) 

With 13 goals so far this season Quigley has without doubt proved himself to be the highlight of what has been a successful first season in the EFL for the Bluebirds

The 28-year-old has become the focal point of the majority of Barrow's attacking play throughout the season, with his hold up and link up play becoming just as important as his goals in Rob Kelly's team being able to secure their survival with two games to spare. 

At 6ft 4in Quigley is also a physically imposing opponent for any defence with his strength and ability in the air making him a true handful. 

How to watch

The game will begin at 15:00 BST on May 1.

Due to current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions no fans will be able to attend the game in person. 

Access to watch the game can be found through the iFollow section on the official websites of both Barrow and Southend United.

The cost to watch the fixture through iFollow is £10. 

 

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