Friday, May 27 2022

Sky Bet League Two takes center stage for our feature game this weekend, as two Play-Off hopefuls go head-to-head in the form of Tranmere Rovers taking on Bristol Rovers.

📅 Match Details

Kick-off on the Wirral is at 3.00pm on Saturday April 9, with Bristol Rovers making the journey north to Prenton Park.

Arbitrator Mark Edwards will be joined by assistant officials Peter Gooch and Adam Clayton with the fourth official Joe Clark.

👔 At the controls

Scottish Micky Melon is currently on her second stint in Tranmere. Mellon’s first managerial role came in the North West at Fleetwood Town, where in 2012 he earned promotion to the EFL with the club for the first time in their history.

The 50-year-old joined then-National League Tranmere for his first spell in 2016. During that time, he led Rovers to back-to-back promotions to Sky Bet League One before being poached by the side Scottish Premiership Dundee United. in 2020. However, Mellon returned to Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2021.

With nearly 200 appearances as a manager to his name, the former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is now in his second managerial role at Bristol Rovers, following a three-year stint at Fleetwood Town.

In his first season at Highbury, Barton guided the Cod Army to an 11and placed at the finish and then a Play-Off place in his second season – ultimately losing to eventual winners Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-finals.

Barton left Fleetwood Town in January the following season and was offered the role at Bristol Rovers a month later.

🔑 Key men

Now 40, former England Under-21 centre-back Pierre Clarke hasn’t missed a minute of football in the last two seasons at Tranmere Rovers.

The Rovers captain is certainly leading by example and proving that age is just a number, having been named Clubs’ Player of the Season last time out and becoming one of Tranmere’s key men again in 2021/22 .

Having missed Bristol Rovers’ last two games through injury, Gas Barton’s manager is hoping for a midfielder Anthony Evans available for selection for his trip to Prenton Park this weekend.

Attacking midfielder Evans joined Bristol Rovers from German side SC Paderborn 07 on deadline day last August and has proved a crucial addition to their squad since.

📈 Form Guide

Sitting seventh and having not tasted victory in three now, with Newport County just outside the Play-Off places by a single point, Tranmere Rovers will be keen to pick up what might come next. prove three vital points on Saturday at the end of the season. .

Bristol Rovers, on the other hand, should come into this match full of confidence having won five of their previous six – the only defeat in this run at Carlisle United after which manager Joey Barton blamed the star man’s absence Evans for his sides below par performance.

Keep up to date with live match updates from this weekend’s feature game by following @SkyBetLeagueTwo on Twitter.


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