Two teams gunning for very different targets at each end of the division this season. Struggling Barnet are facing an uphill battle, and not just on the sloping underhill pitch. They are only 2 points off bottom placed Plymouth who they will face next Saturday at Home Park, and will be hoping to edge away before the crunch battle. Striker Jon Nurse is in contention after recovering from injury.
Southend boss Paul Sturrock will be hoping to focus his Johnstones Paint finalists on their league commitments in a bid to keep pace with the other playoff contenders. They have good away form this season- the fifth best in the league and their away win at Wycombe last week will give them added confidence. Britt Assombalonga on loan from Watford scored the winner in an impressive display last game and will be a threat.