1pt Yeovil to beat Southend “Draw no bet” in League one, 2/1 CentreBet or 15/8 Stan James (Saturday 24th January 3pm ko)

Yeovil and Southend are two teams in poor form and facing a relegation battle. Southend have won just once in nine games and manager Steve Tilson received the dreaded vote of confidence from his chairman this week. To make matters worse, the Shrimpers are in the midst of an injury crisis. They are likely to take the field tomorrow missing six of the players who started against Stockport last Saturday. Peter Clarke is suspended after being sent off last week whilst Alan McCormack also picked up an injury. Speaking afterwards Tilson commented:

“That’s two senior players out and we’re a young side as it is.

“To have those two players out of the side is a massive blow and without a doubt they will be missed.”

The defeat against Stockport was also Junior Stanislas last game before his loan expired. Tuesday night’s draw against manager less Leyton Orient resulted in a further three injuries. Dougie Freedman and Anthony Grant had to be substituted whilst Alex Revell broke his leg and is out for the season. Tilson sounded like a desperate man afterwards:

“We’ve got to get some players in, we’ve got no bodies.

“It’s getting desperate and we’re going to have to get some players in otherwise we’re going to get dragged into a relegation fight.”

“The youngsters are going to give you everything, but they’re a little bit naive and they’re going to be inconsistent and I’m not sure that’s what we need at the moment.”

Whilst Yeovil are not one of the better sides in the division, they are capable of capitalising on Southend’s misfortune. They are not in great form on the face of it, with just one win from five games. However, their last three games have all been against top six sides and they have given decent accounts of themselves. The Glovers are unbeaten in their last three away games, which includes a draw at fourth placed Millwall and a win at Swindon. They  are boosted tomorrow by the return of Lee Peltier from suspension and by this week’s loan signing of Lee Cox from Leicester. However, Yeovil are one of the lowest scoring sides in this division and the draw is also a strong possibility. Therefore, “draw no bet” is the best call here, giving us a little bit of insurance. 2/1 is a very fair price, especially when you consider that Ladbrokes and Skybet are just 5/2 that Yeovil win the match.

Minimum price to take – 7/4

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