Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Tranmere Rovers

By Peter Tscherewik

Tranmere Rovers travel away to Macclesfield Town this Tuesday, in a game that Micky Mellon’s side arguably have to get a good result out of to get their season back on track.

The hosts occupy fourth place in the Vanarama National League table, and come into this fixture on the back of a 0-0 home draw against Boreham Wood.

Team News

Midfielder Jay Harris will be unavailable for Rovers as he serves the second of his three-game suspension, while Connor Jennings is likely to return after his one match ban.

James Wallace, Jake Kirby, Jack Dunn and Ben Tollitt all remain sidelined with long-term injuries, but are making good progress in their recoveries.

Jeff Hughes and Mitch Duggan aren’t too far away from a return from their respective hamstring injuries, but it is likely that fixture will come too soon for the pair of them.

Macclesfield Town manager John Askey is likely to have a full strength squad at his disposal for the game, after no injuries were sustained in their weekend clash against Boreham Wood.

Recent Form

Tranmere Rovers suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the weekend against Gateshead, but before that they had been in a good run of domestic form.

The last ten days have been a bit of a disaster for Micky Mellon, the defeat on Saturday, an FA Cup thrashing against Peterborough United an a number of injuries have all put additional weight on his shoulders.

Macclesfield Town have had a mixed time of it recently, picking up only seven points from their last five games (won two, drawn once, lost twice).

Following their 0-0 draw to Boreham Wood at the weekend, manager John Askey described the stalemate as ‘a fair result’, but admitted that he is hopeful of maintaining the Silkmens’ good record against the Super Whites.

“We’ve always done well against Tranmere, I think apart from a few dodgy refereeing decisions then we have more than matched them.”, he said.

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Tranmere Rovers vs Macclesfield Town: Last Time Out

The last time the two sides faced off against each other was in March 2017, in an FA Trophy semi-final clash.
After playing out a first-leg 1-1 draw, it was the Silkmen who went through to the final at Wembley after an Ollie Norburn strike after 68 minutes. The Super Whites were the favourites to make it into the final, but ultimately fell short of the mark in front of a packed out Prenton Park.
Norburn is likely to start for Rovers in central midfield on Tuesday, and will be hoping for a warm welcome as he returns to the Moss Rose ground for the first time since his departure.

Author Predictions

Josh Roberts: 2-1

Even this early in the season, this is a proverbial ‘six pointer’ that Tranmere cannot afford to lose. Rovers are struggling to put a good run of form together, and Macclesfield will surely be looking to take advantage of that. The Super Whites suffered a last minute defeat to Gateshead on Saturday and look very vulnerable.

Joel Lampkin: 1-1

There was so much hope around Tranmere a week ago, but two consecutive defeats and a host of injury problems have sent Rovers’ push for the playoff spots into turmoil. After struggling to break down Gateshead, the attack will be low on confidence, and against a side that have secured back to back clean sheets it may be some time before positivity is restored.

Peter Tscherewik: 2-1

This is a huge game for everyone involved with the Super Whites. The season looked like it was getting back on track, and now after a torrid week it seems that Rovers are back to square one. Injuries have restricted Micky Mellon’s team selection and it has had a negative effect on how his side has been playing recently. Macclesfield are nine points ahead of Tranmere and I expect that to be extended to 12 by 10pm on Tuesday.

George Williamson: 2-1

Rovers are in the midst of an injury crisis, particularly in midfield and they struggled to break down a resolute Gateshead defence on Saturday. With none of the injured players expected to return on Tuesday, expect similar offensive struggles for the Super Whites at the Moss Rose ground.


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