Prenton Park, Sunday, 4pm, live on Sky Sports
AFTER all the Saturday call-offs Tranmere are hoping their televised League One meeting against Stevenage gets the go-ahead.
It's the only league game scheduled in England and for me it should be a home win. But when Stevenage are concerned there's only one man for the job … and that's Borough fan Milesey. Here are his thoughts:
Stevenage go to Prenton Park without a manager but at least in the comfort they’ve already done all but enough to ensure their League One safety. Luckily for them, the hard work was done early season. Directors have notoriously short memories though and after a run of 14 defeats in 18 games opted to part ways with manager Gary Smith.
So team captain Mark Roberts takes over in the hotseat for their last seven games. And it’s only logical to think the 29-year-old defender will look to play the kind of football he knows best, defensive, while making a case for himself with regards to any possible management opportunities that might come.
Not that Stevenage had been shipping that many goals anyway. Yes, they had been losing, but never by much. Indeed four of their last five away games finished low- coring.
Tranmere sit slap bang in the middle of the play-off battle, with every point crucial at this stage. They won’t be cavalier about this game, whatever the circumstances, just as they haven’t been about any of their other matches, with five of their last seven home games having produced low-scoring results.
Veteran defender Ian Goodison has an outside chance of returning to Tranmere's squad. The 40-year-old former Jamaica international missed last weekend's 3-0 loss at MK Dons with a groin injury but could be among the subs.
Ben Gibson's first start in over three months following an abductor problem was the only positive for Rovers to take at the stadium:mk as they slumped to their seventh defeat in 10 games and the Middlesbrough loanee will keep his starting place.
Andy Robinson (groin) and Adam McGurk (collapsed lung) are both ruled out but are making progress as they look to feature in the end-of-season run-in.
Stevenage are set to be without Lee H ills and Marcus Haber. Left-back H ills suffered a hamstring injury during Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat by Bury and hitman Haber missed that game and remains on international duty with Canada.
Winger Filipe Morais remains sidelined with an ankle problem and defender Jon Ashton is a long-term casualty with an Achilles injury. Miguel Comminges is likely to start while Darius Charles could also earn a recall in the back four.
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