Tranmere Rovers vs Blackpool
England – League One
Date: Sunday, 29 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Prenton Park (Wirral).
The Seasiders set sail for Wirral hoping to reinvigorate their promotion dreams in a battle against relegation-threatened Rovers.
Tranmere Rovers vs Blackpool: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (13 games): Tranmere Rovers 4 wins, 6 draws, Blackpool 3 wins.
- Tranmere Rovers have 3-4-0 record at home versus The Seasiders.
- These teams will play their first official game since 2007.
- Three of their last four head-to-head meetings ended with fewer than 2.5 goals.
- The Rovers have failed to keep a clean sheet in last four confrontations v Blackpool.
Tranmere Rovers vs Blackpool: Prediction
Tranmere Rovers named the same team which beat AFC Wimbledon last Saturday but they were outmatched and outgunned in 4-2 loss at Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
Micky Mellon’s men currently sit at 20th, with a game in hand and two points more than ill-fated MK Dons.
Prenton Park is where they’ve collected most of their points. Boasting decent, if somewhat unremarkable WDL record of 3-4-3 at home, The Whites proven themselves a tough cookie to crack, as barely anyone played much football here. Last game in Merseyside was 1-0 win against AFC Wimbledon, which ended their four-game winless streak.
Blackpool were the dominant side the whole game but Accrington Stanley came away from Bloomfield Road with all three points in a classic smash and grab victory thanks to a last gasp strike from Sean McConville.
Lead by Simon Grayson, a turbulent Lancashire side is sitting on the edges of promotion playoff places, at 10th, two points behind Bristol Rovers, first team above the line.
Currently on a six-game unbeaten run away from Bloomfield Road, The Tangerines are prime example of why we should always look beneath the surface; out of those six games, they’ve won only once. On the road, they’re set up exactly one would expect from Grayson, playing not to lose and everything else is a bonus.
Micky Mellon’s having a lot of issues with injured players as he can’t count on Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs, Scott Davies, Borthwick-Jackson, Harvey Gilmour, Ollie Banks and Mark Ellis.
Blackpool’s #1 Jak Alnwick was forced out before half time v Accrington as he injured his wrist. To make matters worse, Grayson had to use another substitute before HT. Sullay Kaikai had to go out and those two will most likely remain out for the rest of these holiday games, maybe even longer.
These teams are Crystal Palace and Sheff Utd of League One, well organized but boring and remarkably dull to watch. We shouldn’t expect El Classico out of these two so I’m going with fewer than 2.5 goals. Numbers add up, their h2h history adds up. Tranmere at home hasn’t played game with more goals since mid-September. Same can be said for The Seasiders on the road (their 2-2 draw at Ipswich was a glitch in the Matrix).
Another one I would try is a draw. After everything I’ve read on these two, really can’t fathom anyone winning unless an early red card happen.
Tranmere Rovers vs Blackpool: Betting tips
Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.85
Draw @ 3.52.