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Match Preview – Southend vs AFC W’don

Last Updated: 15/03/19 12:11pm

Southend will make a late call on goalkeeper Mark Oxley ahead of the Sky Bet League One match against bottom club AFC Wimbledon.

Oxley has not featured since mid-December because of a back problem, but has resumed full training as he closes in on a return to action. Defender John White could also come into contention having recovered from a groin problem.

Forward Stephen Humphrys has undergone surgery after suffering a broken nose, fractured cheekbone and eye socket when scoring at Accrington last month.

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AFC Wimbledon forward Kwesi Appiah continues to be assessed ahead of a potential return from a hamstring problem which has sidelined him since early February. Defender Rod McDonald did not feature in the midweek win over Peterborough as he recovers from a groin problem, while Deji Oshilaja (foot) also faces a late fitness test.

Striker Tommy Wood, 20, has joined non-league Burgess Hill Town on loan for the rest of this season. The Dons boosted their survival hopes with back-to-back home wins over Doncaster and Posh in their last two outings, leaving them four points adrift of safety.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Scunthorpe and Southend.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Scunthorpe and Southend.

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There has never been a draw in the six Football League matches between Southend and AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall, with both sides winning three each.

AFC Wimbledon have won each of their last two league games against Southend – the Dons have never recorded three successive victories against them.

Southend’s nine-match run without a win (D4 L5) is the longest ongoing such streak in League One.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough.

AFC Wimbledon have won four of their last six league games (D1 L1), as many as their previous 24 combined beforehand (W4 D3 L17), and are looking to win three straight league contests for the first time since they won five in a row in League Two in April 2016.

AFC Wimbledon’s Joe Pigott has been directly involved in six goals in his last five league games (four goals, two assists), as many as he was in his previous in his previous 29 such appearances beforehand.

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