Colchester left it late on Tuesday night, with Kayode Odejayi striking in the 90th minute to beat Carlisle 2-1 and helping the U‘s to their eleventh home win of the season. Indeed, it‘s their form at the Weston Homes Community Stadium which has enabled them to reach fourth in League One and they will be confident of another maximum points haul against the Shrimpers. It appears that a recent 5-0 home reverse against Norwich was merely a blip, with Adrian Boothroyd having permanently secured the services of former Watford man John O‘Toole as his team look to chase the leaders.
Southend are having a difficult season which is never easy when you are troubled by poor finances. Although Steve Tilson‘s team showed admirable spirit to recover from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Swindon last Saturday, United have lost nine of their fourteen away matches to date and their last two trips to Millwall and Huddersfield have seen the team return pointless. With Lee Barnard having made the switch to Southampton during the January window, they are short of firepower and it‘s going to be a remaining campaign of struggle for the Essex team. Best odds for the Colchester win is 1.72 at Sky Bet.
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