Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs. Bromley FC

By Joel Lampkin

VERSUS BROMLEY GRAPHIC

The crunch time is approaching in the National League and Tranmere still look as hungry as ever, while they look to have lost their appetite for away wins, they certainly don’t mind big helpings of home success.

Now that the food puns are out of the way, The Rovers face Bromley on Saturday with only a win good enough to keep The Super Whites in contention for the title – due to the sheer competition around them.


Team News

Its almost a full squad for Micky Mellon to choose from although James Wallace may not feature due to picking up a small injury in last week’s behind closed doors friendly.

Ben Tollitt could be in line for his first start as his match fitness has improved over the past couple of weeks, and it looks like being Scott Davies’ second start as he shockingly returned to the side after returning from injury months before he was expected.

Adam Buxton looks set to return to the side after missing out on the previous two games due to a slight knock.

Bromley forward George Porter is one yellow card away from a one-game ban, meanwhile James Norwood and Adam Buxton are also in the same fate.


View from the dugout

Micky Mellon: “I expect it to be a rough game. I do. Nothing any different in that, we are working hard in that we will be as best prepared as possible for the game, there is no real news there.

“We go out and we prepare ourselves the best we can for another difficult game, try and get the players’ mentalities in the right place, and go in there fully focussed and pick up a valuable three points.

“Every game is going to be important now, of course teams are playing each other this week if you get a positive result, that will be huge, but you have to keep going on after that and try to pick up points.

“It should make for an interesting and exciting weekend to be involved in.”


Recent Form

Tranmere have gone EIGHT games unbeaten at home with the last time they have lost points at Prenton Park being in October against Chester in a 0-0 draw.

Their most recent fixture saw them held to a 1-1 draw away to Leyton Orient after Richie Sutton bagged his fourth of the season.

Bromley allowed Maidstone United to come back from defeat twice in their previous game as the points were shared in the 2-2 draw, although the FA Trophy has been a big distraction for The Ravens.

Despite being eighth in the National League, the visitors have outscored Rovers, bagging 55 in 32 games compared to 52 in 33 for The Superwhites.


Predictions

Joel Lampkin: 2-1

Tranmere at home should be a guaranteed victory by all accounts but a gut feeling is telling me that this will not be an easy win with Bromley desperate to sneak into the Playoffs. Expecting a really tight game and Rovers may even go a goal down before coming into the game.

Josh Roberts: 3 – 0

On home soil Tranmere are near unstoppable of late and will be confident of getting that ninth straight home victory against a Bromley side that will still fancy their chances of getting promoted via the play-offs. But Rovers home form will be too much for Bromley and expect another three goal victory at Prenton Park come 5pm on Saturday

George Williamson: 3-0

Rovers are formidable at home in the league this season, and are in a great run of form of late too. They shouldn’t have any real problems disposing of a Bromley side that could only draw with Maidstone last week.

Pete Tscherewik: 2-1

Rovers will want to bounce back from last weeks 1-1 frustrating draw at Leyton Orient, and with their current home form they will be confident of getting all three points. Bromley have good momentum at the moment, and a good away record in the division so I think it will be a tight, and fairly even encounter between the two sides.

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