Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs. Guiseley A.F.C

By Joel Lampkin

VERSUS GUISELEY GRAPHIC

A rich vein of form has saw The Super Whites jump from ninth to sixth, and with four wins on the trot, Tranmere are the team in form in the National League and they pound on the promotion door.

Guiseley have struggled for much of this season as they sit in 21st placed with two games in hand on the teams around them but with the third worst defensive record, this could be a game for some Rovers players to add to their score tallies.


Team News

Tranmere have no new injury worry to deal with and Micky Mellon is just weeks away from having a full squad to select from as Ben Tollitt and James Wallace are edging close to a full recovery – although this may bring its own issues.

The Lions on the other hand bring with them two former Rovers players in the form of Lee Molyneux and Kayode Odejayi with the two possibly set to feature at Prenton Park.

Guiseley also come off the back of a win over Chester, as they beat The Blues two goals to nil to record their first victory in December.


Recent Form

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Mellons’s men have been a force to be reckoned with in recent weeks bagging fourteen goals in their last four games, recording four consecutive victories.

Rovers also remain unbeaten at home in their past five fixtures, a feat not repeated since Ronnie Moore’s side did the same from February to April 2009 – can this side make it six?

The man to watch on Saturday will be midfielder Connor Jennings, as the player has sprung to life recently bagging four goals in his last three games.

The visitors on the other hand have been disappointing as of late securing a total of three points from a possible 21 and registering just six in seven fixtures.


Stat Attack

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The away-side have struggled to create chances and put them away this season with their leading goalscorer Mike Fondop-Talum bagging just three goals.

Meanwhile Tranmere have James Norwood in double figures with Andy Cook in amongst the goals also, and with 13 different scorers in the side, chances will be coming from everywhere.


Predictions

Joel Lampkin: 3-0

It is mouth watering yet heartbreaking at times to see this Tranmere side in full flow, playing football way beyond the standard of the National League. As the side begins to form, with its spine truly in shape, with players on the outskirts looking in, a promotion via title is a very real possibility if this form continues.

George Williamson: 3-1

Rovers are flying and have enjoyed a great Christmas period that has propelled them into the play-off places. They’re good value for a victory again at home to Guiseley.

Josh Roberts: 5-0
Tranmere are finally in a play-off spot for the first time this season and will will be looking to make it six wins at home on the bounce for the first time since the 08/09 season. Guiseley are firmly cemented in the bottom four and it will take a big effort from them to get anything out of the game against the free scoring Rovers of late, expect goals in this one.
Peter Tscherewik: 2-0
Tranmere have won each of their last four league matches, and extended their winning streak at home to four wins on the spin against AFC Fylde at the weekend. Micky Mellon’s men will be full of confidence going into this game against a struggling Guiseley side. Expect a few changes for Rovers with fatigue becoming a factor over this busy period but all three points will go to the Super Whites.

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