Scunthorpe United v Tranmere Rovers – Match Preview
Saturday 10th April 2021
English Football League Two
Keith Hill’s Tranmere search for an away win to progress their automatic promotion hopes and put past on the road nightmares to bed as they travel to Lincolnshire this weekend. Scunthorpe will pose a range of threatening questions towards their visitors as they have a good amount of players at the club capable of causing any visiting outfit problems, such as Ryan Loft. Thus, the game at Glanford Park this upcoming Saturday shall certainly be one to watch.
There are a few Rovers players who will be ruled out of contention for a starting eleven place this Weekend due to injury. Jay Spearing is in doubt, after limping off with an apparent hamstring injury, on Monday in the game at home to Cambridge United. Scott Davies has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to sustaining a ruptured achilles recently at Prenton Park and James Vaughan remains out with a knee injury but may be back in the frame sooner rather than later.
Andy Davies is the ‘man in black’ this Saturday and will be aided by the help of his assistants in the form of Mark Dwyer and Wade Smith. This campaign, Davies has been in the middle of 15 encounters, including eight Championship games. Interestingly, this will only be his second League Two game of the season as he refereed the game between Grimsby and Cheltenham at Blundell Park on Monday. Davies has dished out 42 yellow cards and 5 red cards in the games he has officiated this campaign. Nik Barnard is the selected fourth official.
Did you know?
Arguably the most interesting meeting between the two clubs was played out in 2009, Tranmere needed to win at Glanford Park to seal the final League One playoff spot. However, Scunthorpe only needed a draw to get the same achievement. Craig Curran netted early on for the visitors, Gareth Edds was sent off afterwards before Cliff Byrne headed home with two minutes left on the clock. A gutting day for the Merseysiders, who were led by Ronnie Moore.
Meeting the opposition
If you would like to find out about Scunthorpe United’s on and off field subject topics, in great depth, whilst also getting the thoughts of a United fan prior to this upcoming encounter. I speak to long serving supporter Toby Skelton for my website, here ..
Tranmere currently sit 3rd in the fourth division table, United at the other end in 18th. However, both outfits have only won one of their past five games and that was either two games or more ago.
Tranmere’s last 5 games – W,D,D,L,D
Scunthorpe’s last 5 games – D,D,W,D,L
Head to head
United and Rovers have met on 59 different occasions, and there isn’t much in it in terms of the club that comes out on top with the most wins. The first encounter was in mid December 1935, the Whites won a FA Cup tie 6-2 at Prenton Park. The last meeting was also won by Rovers, again at Prenton Park, 2-0 in a League Two clash last October.
Games – 59
Tranmere wins – 23
Draws – 10
Scunthorpe United wins – 26
How can you watch/listen to the game?
This League Two encounter which will pose a range of threatening questions to each side’s attacking and defensive units will be able for fans to watch and listen to via iFollow. As always, the price to watch is £10 unless you are a Scunthorpe United Season Ticket holder and the regular commentators will take their places in the press box so you can listen to their match descriptions.
A gutted Steve Jennings is consoled by a Scunthorpe United supporter following the full time whistle on a game which saw the Iron seal the final play off spot in the League One table of 2009.
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