Cheltenham Town v Tranmere Rovers – match preview.

Cheltenham Town v Tranmere Rovers
Friday 2nd April 2021
English Football League Two
@JohnnyRocksStadium

Intro
This Good Friday, Tranmere travel to Cheltenham Town for a League Two fixture which will be televised on Sky Sports. Both sides go into this game needing a win, they’re both currently in the top three and that is the way that they would both like to keep it. However, it won’t be easy and is a league encounter that will pose many great questions of each side offensively and defensively.

Team news
Scott Davies has, unfortunately, ruptured his achilles tendon which has been shown via scans thus the Rovers captain will be out for the remainder of the season and possibly even the start of the next.
James Vaughan remains on the sidelines alongside him, with a knee injury which required an operation not too long ago. Other than Davies though, there are no new injuries or suspensions with Hill having to address the normal ‘niggles’ that squad members get at this end of the campaign.

Match officials
John Busby is the chosen ‘man in black’ this Friday, who will be aided by the help of his assistants Samuel Ogles and Christopher Wade. This season, Busby has officiated 27 games across the bottom two EFL divisions and the competitions that the EFL provide. The experienced Englishman was the ‘man in the middle’ at Prenton Park last year when James Norwood’s Ipswich won 2-1.
Craig Hicks has the role of separating any potential squabbles between the two benches, he is the selected fourth official.

Meeting the opposition –
I spoke to Robin’s supporter @chxrlie67 about a range of Cheltenham Town’s on and off pitch subject matters as well as talking about the game in hand, ahead. He stated the starting eleven which he thinks will be selected and gave his opinion and short description on each player, also.

Cheltenham Town’s starting eleven opinions.

‘Meeting the opposition’ – Cheltenham Town F.C

Form –
Tranmere’s last five – WDWDD
Cheltenham Town’s last five – LWLWL

Head to head –
According to ‘11v11.com’, the first meeting between the clubs came in mid August 2002 at Prenton Park in League Division 2 action.
Since then, there has been 14 encounters between the Robins and the Whites as they have met in cup competition once. The last meeting was at the start of the season, late September, at Prenton Park .. Cheltenham won that one, 3-0.
Tranmere wins – 5
Draws – 2
Cheltenham wins – 7

How can you watch/listen to the game?
iFollow, due to the game being on Sky Sports, will not have the game accessible to watch at any price. However, iFollow will provide an option to listen to the game for £2.50.

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

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