Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs Peterborough United

By Josh Roberts

Tranmere deservedly held Peterborough to a draw at London Road and the reward for Rovers is a home replay against the Posh.

The Super White’s carried on their excellent recent form at the weekend beating play off rivals Dagenham 2 – 0, while Peterborough could only manage a draw against Wimbledon away from home,

Peterborough will know it won’t be an easy game, the luxury of home advantage has gone but will be hoping their superior league status will help them through.

Team News

Tranmere are in the midst of a mini injury crisis after Jeff Hughes and Mitch Duggan both picked up hamstring injuries at the weekend.

They join long term absentees Ben Tollitt, Jack Dunn and Elliott Rocka on the treatment table but Jake Kirby is closing in on a return after appearing in the Cheshire Senior Cup last week.

Peterborough are also coming into the fixture with a number of injury doubts themselves with changes expected to be made.

Junior Morias and Liam Shepard are both confirmed to miss the game as well as others but will have to see who makes the match-day squad for the Posh.

View from the Dugout

Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon: “In the first game, I think both teams played very well and it made for a very good cup tie. Peterborough gave us the respect we deserve, they have a good team with a good manager who will organise them really well.

“It should make for a really good game and we’re looking forward to it.

“We know that we’re going to need to be at our best to get a result from this game, so I’m looking no further than this game and giving a good account of ourselves.”

Peterborough United Manager Grant McCann: “We have done our research on Tranmere, we know they matched us up in the first game but we have three different formations we can change too so we are flexible.

We know they are in good form and are confident, but so are we. Prenton Park is a tough place to go, they have a passionate fan base, but we are looking forward to it,”

Tranmere Rovers vs Peterborough United – Last Time Out

Last time these two sides met needs no introduction as come kick off it will have only been 11 days since Tranmere valiantly fought for a replay against the League One outfit.

With the scores evenly matched at half-time despite Tranmere having the better of the proceedings, Peterborough broke the dead lock in the 52nd minute through Jack Marriott.

The goal wouldn’t defer Rovers however, they kept plucking away and their pressure eventually told when Andy Cook equalised 20 minutes later.

Both sides tried to find a winner but it was Tranmere who came away from the game the happier having held a side 54 places above them in the league pyramid.

Full Time:  Peterborough United 1 – 1 Tranmere Rovers

Author Predictions

Josh Roberts: 2 – 1 (AET)

Tranmere come into this fixture brimming with confidence, the results are finally turning for Rovers and the performances are at a consistent level. On the flip side, Peterborough are well and truly in a rut, the contrast in form will be a leveller in this game. Expect it to be tight and nervy with extra time playing it’s part in the contest.

Joel Lampkin: 2 – 1

Tranmere are in a rich vein of form, with every player pulling their weight, the sky is the limit for Micky Mellon’s side. With that being said, Peterborough will be no push over, but with the home crowd behind them and the manager talking about how influential they have been, they should get over the line, but it won’t be easy.

Peter Tscherewik: 2 – 1

Rovers have only lost on of their last nine games and come into this cup tie full of confidence. With the game being on BT Sport and the players having a roaring Prenton Park crowd behind them, I think they’ll pull off an upset here.

George Williamson: 1 – 0

The home tie gives Tranmere the advantage in the replay, and with the TV cameras in attendance, they’ll put on a display that their recent performances have suggested they are capable of.


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