Southend United v Tranmere Rovers – Preview.

‘A look towards’ – Southend United v Tranmere Rovers
Tuesday 9th March 2021
English Football League Two

On Tuesday night, Southend United will play host to Keith Hill’s Whites at Roots Hall in League Two action. The two clubs are at different ends of the table, which extends the importance of gaining three points for Tranmere as they continue their search for promotion.

To do this they will have to show a lot more than they did on the weekend as they were defeated against John Yems’ Crawley at Prenton Park. There was a certain lack of quality on display on Saturday as although the hosts had more possession, the only thing they had over their counterparts was how many corners they were able to take.

The Tranmere faithful can look back on their team’s away form with a smile on their faces though, you will have to go back to December 12th for the last time they lost on the road in what was a game to forget .. sooner rather than later. Exeter City put five past Rovers at St James Park, in the opening weeks of Hill’s tenure.

Although Southend are in the relegation zone, placed in 23rd, they will be optimistic going into this encounter under their home lights as they’re capable of causing an upset in this division. Forest Green were beaten 3-1 at home in late February. Thus, they’re a team able to cause an upset and gaffer Mark Molesley knows that. If he doesn’t he will be very hopeful that Nile Ranger is able to gun the opposing defence down for others such as Tom Clifford to bag the goals for The Shrimpers.

A win could see them replace Barrow outside the relegation zone, with The Bluebirds set to play on Friday. However, if the Merseysiders get the three points they could go up to the automatic promotion places which is needed following a major setback on the weekend.

Unfortunately, James Vaughan with 18 league goals this campaign won’t be able to travel as he undergoes surgery on (I believe) a knee injury on the same day as the game. This is something that has caused great concern at Tranmere as he has been vital thus far to all kinds of playing styles going forwards with the veteran’s clinical finish and his ability to battle all shapes of markers make him one of, if not, the best player in the squad. David Nugent, if he does play, will have to improve his output if his performance on the weekend is anything to go by. However, his quality is there when his match fitness is and his glittering CV proves that. Regardless, Tranmere’s strike force is great and winger Kaiyne Woolery is certainly one to keep an eye on for any neutral or fan of the hosts.

It should be a very interesting game at the Roots Hall stadium, you can listen/watch this fixture on iFollow accessed via both club’s official sites for the cost of £10.

Head to head – Rovers are on top:
First meeting – 13th January 1934 – Tranmere 3 Southend 0 – FA Cup.
Last meeting – 24th October 2020 – Tranmere 2 Southend 0 – League Two.
Played – 53
Tranmere wins – 22
Draws – 16
Southend wins – 15

Controversial Shrimpers forward, Nile Ranger.

Thank you for reading,
Stay safe,
Ethan Hoijord

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