By Josh Roberts
The Wrexham Tranmere derby is the standout fixture in the National League due to the stature and history of the two clubs.
With both sides fighting it out for promotion in 4th and 5th respectfully, the stakes for this game have gone above just bragging rights to a vital three points.
Wrexham have gone five games unbeaten after losing two previous to this run of form. Tranmere have lost in the last five but form means nothing when derby day comes around.
Wrexham go into this weekend’s fixture with only Olly Marx side-lined through the injury he sustained whilst on loan.
Tranmere will have youngsters Eddie Clarke and Luke Pilling back in the match day squad with long term absentees Ben Tollitt and James Wallace both having an outside chance of making the bench.
Striker Andy Cook is back from suspension after missing last week’s victory over Maidenhead.
View from the Dugout
Dean Keates Wrexham Manager – “It is a massive game, both teams are in great positions in the league, (but) all it is at the moment though is a football match.
“It won’t give more of a clue as to what will happen in the season. One team wins and gets three points, one loses and gets nothing, and ultimately we will go about our business as we do every single game.
“All being well the lads can take it out there, like they did on the weekend, and we can get the three points.”
Micky Mellon Tranmere Rovers Manager – “We’re looking forward to it, everybody wants to be involved which is great, so we’ll get prepared properly and give a good account of ourselves.
“With the stage of the season that we’re it, it has to be up there as one of the most important local derbies in recent history for the Club.
“It’s what you want to be involved in, these types of games, you have to be doing well if you’re attracting this kind of attention and long may that continue.
“You have to take the energy that will no doubt be around the place, work with it and take the positives out of it.”
Wrexham vs Tranmere Rovers Last Time Out
Wrexham visited Prenton Park in September in the reverse fixture and came away with the three points which left Tranmere just two points outside the relegation zone.
Despite Sam Wedgbury being sent off in the 13th minute, Chris Holroyd scored the only goal of the game in the second half.
Wrexham held on playing 77 minutes with 10 men to secure a famous win over their close rivals.
Josh Roberts: 2 – 2
Both sides are in form and with it being derby day it will bring the best out of both sets of players. Tranmere’s away form isn’t the best and Wrexham will be looking to take advantage of that having the benefit of playing on home soil. It’ll be a feisty game with nothing to separate either side.
Joel Lampkin: 2 – 3
It’s the biggest game of the season for Tranmere Rovers fans, both on a personal and meaningful level. A hard fought win against Maidenhead identified some cracks in the Super White’s armoury but Micky Mellon is Tranmere through and through and will know how to get the best out of his players.
Pete Tscherewik: 1 – 2
It is the biggest game of the season to date for Rovers and this could well be the defining result for the campaign. Both sides are in good form but Tranmere will be to avenge the previous defeat at Prenton Park. Expect a nervy affair but chances to fall at both ends, Tranmere to nick an away win late on.
George Williamson: 2 – 2
Its derby day and both sides will be well up for this one. It’s also 4th vs 5th and there’s a lot on the line discounting local pride. Hoping for an entertaining, it at times slightly cagey affair and I think there’ll be goals. Can’t separate them.