Match Preview: Tranmere Rovers vs Macclesfield Town

By Josh Roberts

Tuesday at Prenton Park under the floodlights sees the National League’s two heavyweights go head-to-head in arguably the biggest game of the season: a 1st vs 2nd clash!

Tranmere, despite being four points behind and having played a game more than their opponents, will be full of confidence, of not just taking the three points and recording their 10th win on the bounce on home soil, but also of taking that top spot in the coming weeks.

Macclesfield’s form has been patchy of late, especially when playing away from home with just the one win in the last three away games, including the 6 – 0 thumping at the hands of AFC Fylde.

Team News

Tranmere are expecting no players back from injury in times for tomorrow’s game which means James Wallace will still be an absentee. He is due to resume training later in the week.

Ben Tollitt’s reintroduction to the first team has seen him play the last four games off the bench in cameo appearances and might be due a start in replace of Josh Ginnelly due to the short turnaround.

Tranmere Rovers vs Macclesfield Town – Last Time Out

Larnell Cole vs Macclesfield

Larnell Cole finishing off the sweeping counter attack to open the scoring in the reserve fixture.

These two last met in November in the reserve fixture when the honours were even thanks to an injury time equaliser for Macclesfield.

Larnell Cole scored his second goal for the club with a clinical counter attack to take the lead for Rovers.

They were then pegged back when Scott Wilson poked home the rebound from a saved Danny Whitaker penalty.

But the lead didn’t last long as Andy Cook, just two minutes later, scored from inside the area to regain the lead.

Tranmere were on the back foot for the last 15 minutes of the game and Macclesfield finally prevailed getting the equaliser three minutes into injury time.

Full Time – Macclesfield Town 2 – 2 Tranmere Rovers.

Author Predictions

Josh Roberts: 2 – 2

The confidence is high around Prenton Park when Tranmere come home to play, and for good reason. Nine wins on the bounce, over three goals scored on average a game during that period and just over a goal conceded every two games. Tranmere have the right balance at both ends of the pitch at home. But Macclesfield will be coming for a win and to consolidate that top spot. Expect a great game of football but with the points shared.

Joel Lampkin: 2 – 0

Tranmere may be about to embark upon their biggest fixture of the season so far and only a win will be acceptable if they are to do what many expected them to at the start of the season and gain automatic promotion. A hard fought, gritty win over Bromley was the mark of champions and they’ll be hoping to replicate their efforts in midweek – by any means necessary.

Pete Tscherewik: 2 – 1

Rovers are on cloud nine at the moment and are by far and wide the form team in the division. The performance against Bromley wasn’t vintage Tranmere but under the lights you have to fancy Micky Mellon’s men to edge the league leaders.

George Williamson: 1 – 1

Neither side will want to lose this one, so it could be a cagey affair. Points will be shared in a tight game.


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