Tranmere Rovers v Exeter City – preview.

Tranmere Rovers v Exeter City
Saturday 20th March 2021
English Football League Two
@PrentonPark

This weekend, Tranmere Rovers host fellow promotion chasers Exeter City at Prenton Park in League Two action.

The Whites will be hoping to forget or significantly build on their performance on Wednesday night, where they played out a goalless draw away at Blundell Park.

However, their form against the teams around them in the league table is so much better than the form against the teams below the top ten so they will play with the belief that they can get three points on Saturday against Matt Taylor’s men.

If they don’t and the Grecians get the three points instead, the visitors can fire themselves up to 7th which is a playoff spot if Morecambe lose against Harrogate. A win would be massive for their promotion bid as whilst moving up a place, they will have a game or two in hand on the teams above them.

Thus, three points for either side is important and this should hopefully set up a great spectacle of football on Merseyside soil.

Team news:
In recent pre match interviews, Hill stated that it was great to add a point next to their name on the league table as they didn’t play great. He also explained that following a knee operation, top goalscorer James Vaughan may be back for the run in, 4-6 more weeks left on the sidelines. Otis Khan, Sid Nelson and Lee O’Connor, on the other hand, are all back and available for selection depending on their fitness.

Form:
Exeter’s last 5 games – L,D,W,W,L
Tranmere’s last 5 games – W,W,L,W,D

Head to head:
The first encounter between the two clubs was 60 years ago, the Grecians winning 4-3 in League Division Four competition at Prenton Park. The last meeting was another win for the SouthWest outfit, this time at St James Park, 5-0 in League Two competition in mid December 2020. However, it is Tranmere that are on top in the head to head statistics.
Tranmere wins – 19
Draws – 5
Exeter City wins – 13

You can find out more about Exeter by clicking this link, which sends you to my ‘meeting the opposition’ Q+A with a life-long supporter. Jamie, the man questioned, gives his thoughts on all on and off pitch matters as well as looking towards this weekend’s fixture.

‘Meeting the opposition’ – Exeter City F.C

Officials:
The ‘man in black’ this Saturday afternoon is Paul Howard who will be aided with the help of assistants Ollie Williams and Danny Gratton. Howard, this campaign, has officiated 23 games in which he has awarded 66 yellow cards and 3 red cards. Conor Brown is the selected fourth official.
How can you watch this encounter?
It’s set to be a great game, which you can watch by the use of iFollow which can be found on both club’s official websites for the cost of £10. If you’re a Tranmere season ticket holder the game is free to watch via iFollow.

Thank you very much for reading,
Stay safe,
Ethan Hoijord

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