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Roots Hall (ATT 5,216) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Berry

Southend Southend United vs Rochdale Rochdale

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Bobby Grant: Set to start for Rochdale

Bobby Grant: Set to start for Rochdale

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Southend and Rochdale at Roots Hall.

Paul Sturrock could well name an unchanged starting XI for the fifth successive match as Southend aim to record a third victory in a row.

The Shrimpers have racked up away wins at Bristol Rovers, Torquay and AFC Wimbledon as well as a home draw against Port Vale since Sturrock last made changes to his line-up.

Tuesday's 4-0 success at AFC Wimbledon will give him no reason to change things around as the Shrimpers aim to replicate their away form at Roots Hall, where they have won just three of nine league fixtures this season.

Sturrock is not expected to have any fresh injury or suspension concerns to contend with, and is boosted by the arrival of midfielder Scott Donnelly who could make his debut.

Eighth-placed Southend go into the encounter two places and one point behind visiting Rochdale.

Rochdale have no new injury or suspension problems.

Long-term injury absentees Reece Gray and Matt Edwards are the only ones missing for manager John Coleman.

Forward Gray suffered a dislocated ankle, a fractured fibula and a snapped medial ligament during a behind-closed-doors friendly back in August, while goalkeeper Edwards has undergone surgery on a broken wrist.

But Coleman can call on every other member of his squad as Dale look to extend their unbeaten league run to six games.

Forward Bobby Grant returned from suspension last weekend to score the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers and is set to continue in attack.

Rochdale go into the game sixth in the table, one point ahead of the eighth-placed Shrimpers.

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1 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6