Southport vs Tranmere
English FA Cup
Date: Monday, 17 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Haig Avenue (Southport).
Southport earned a well-deserved second round replay with League Two outfit Tranmere Rovers after a stunning effort two weeks ago at Prenton Park. The Sandgrounders headed the game as heavy underdogs after a dreadful kick off to the new season in the sixth tier of the English football. They got off to a nightmare start in Birkenhead as well when Johnny Smith pushed Tranmere in front 18 minutes into the game.
Nonetheless, Liam Watson’s men never gave up. They took control instead and were the superior side on the pitch later on. The brave showing was rewarded with a 70th-minute equalizer from Bradley Bauress. The Sandgrounders now have the psychological advantage ahead of the reverse fixture in front of their crowd at High Avenue.
Southport vs Tranmere: Head-to-head
The head to head record does not quite fancy the hosts here, though.
They are yet to beat Tranmere coming into sixth head to head encounter with local Merseyside rivals.
Super White Army won two and drew three of five H2H games with Southport so far.
Southport vs Tranmere: Prediction
The visitors have the quality on their side as they play two divisions higher football than Southport. Nevertheless, they failed to justify the favourites tag on the home patch and given they’ll be up against the crowd as well in the replay, it’s hard to go for the away win at 1.95 odds.
The hosts have improved their displays significantly after making a poor start to the National League North campaign. They still sit at a disappointing 19th position in their respective division, but they will head into this unbeaten in last nine outings in all competitions.
Southport scored two or more goals in seven of last nine games across competitions and we can clearly see them on target against an outfit which allowed three or more goals on three of last four travels.
BTTS is a must-take pick at 1.80 odds, while braver tipsters can try with Southport to score two or more at the odds of 3.50.
Southport vs Tranmere: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)
Southport Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 3.50 (5/2).