Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers – Preview.

Colchester United v Tranmere Rovers
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
@JobServe Community Stadium
English Football League Two

On Tuesday night, Tranmere Rovers will travel far once again as they head to Essex for a League Two fixture. Colchester United are the hosts, who are managed by Wayne Brown. They sit just above the relegation zone in 22nd, seven points away from Southend United in 23rd. Thus, they will be fighting for their lives when they face Keith Hill’s men in midweek. The Oysters will believe that they can get a point or three as The Whites have struggled against teams around the bottom throughout the course of the campaign, you think of the recent game at Grimsby on the back of a narrow Wembley defeat as a prime example. Thus, this is a fixture that will pose a range of questions to both sides as they search for respective promotion and survival.

Team news –
Following Saturday’s match, Hill reported that there were no new immediate injury concerns. However, it has been two weeks since top scorer James Vaughan had an operation on his knee and he is set to, unfortunately, be out for a further number of weeks. David Nugent is thus set to start up front.

Match officials –
The ‘man in black’ on Tuesday night is Declan Bourne who will be aided by the services of his assistants Paul Yates and Ryan Whitaker. Throughout the course of this campaign, Bourne has officiated 25 fixtures across Leagues One and Two and the cup competitions that the EFL provides and awarded 73 yellow cards and a red in them. Craig Hicks is the selected fourth official.

Meeting the opposition:
You can find out everything you will want to know about the on and off pitch situations of the Oysters by reading my ‘meeting the opposition’, I have spoken to @TheLatestColU for this one.

‘Meeting the opposition’ – Colchester United F.C

Form
Tranmere’s last 5 games – W,D,W,L,W
Colchester United’s last 5 games – L,D,D,L,L

Head to head.
The first meeting between Tranmere and Colchester came in late September 1958, a League Division Three encounter which resulted in a manic and entertaining 3-3. There have been 59 games in total thus far, the Whites come out on top and haven’t lost a game against their counterparts in six meetings since late 2012. The last meeting was two years ago to the day of the upcoming encounter, a 0-0 draw in Essex in League Two competition.
Tranmere wins – 23
Draws – 19
Colchester United wins – 17

How can you watch/listen to this game?
You can either watch or listen to this league encounter via iFollow for the cost of £10, this is accessible via both club’s official websites.

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

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