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🧐 The Opposition: Tranmere Rovers

We take an in-depth look at Tranmere Rovers ahead of Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Micky Mellon’s side

11 March 2019

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Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon

Grimsby Town aim to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two as they face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Michael Jolley’s side fell to a second successive defeat as they lost 2-1 to Crawley Town on Saturday, despite Wes Thomas opening the scoring on six minutes at Broadfield Stadium.

And the Mariners will be looking to earn their first win in four games as they take on fifth-placed Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday.

But Mellon’s side, who are seven points outside the automatic promotion places, are in great form and will be looking to cement a play-off spot in the coming weeks.

They’ve won five, and drawn one, of their last six games, and have conceded just one goal in that time – so they will be a tough nut to crack for Town on Tuesday.

Last five league results

Tranmere Rovers: D, W, W, W, W

Grimsby Town: W, W, D, L, L

One to watch: James Norwood 

Striker Norwood is currently the top goalscorer in Sky Bet League Two this season, with 24 goals in 35 league games so far this campaign.

And he’s been in fine form in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in his last 10 appearances, including important strikes in the 1-0 wins over Exeter City and Crewe Alexandra in the last two games, respectively.

The 28-year-old, who has scored 77 goals in 155 league games for Tranmere Rovers, scored as Town beat Micky Mellon’s men 5-2 at Blundell Park in November.

Last starting XI

Mellon went with a 4-4-2 formation as his side beat Crewe Alexandra at Prenton Park on Friday night.

Scott Davies was in goal, with a back four of Jake Caprice, Manny Monthe, Mark Ellis, and Zoumana Bakayogo.

Former Town winger Ben Pringle, Luke McCullough, David Perkins, and Jonathan Smith made up the midfield, with James Norwood and ex-Town man Connor Jennings up front.

Last time out: Grimsby Town 5-2 Tranmere Rovers

Town recorded their biggest league win since 2016 as Harry Clifton scored his first senior goal for the club in November.

Wes Thomas, Harry Davis, Mitch Rose, and Elliot Embleton were also on the scoresheet for Town at Blundell Park, with James Norwood and Paul Mullin bagging for the visitors.

What are your predictions for Tuesday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Tranmere Rovers? Tweet us at @OfficialGTFC!


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