These two have seen plenty of each other recently and here they go again in this FA Cup replay. Following the draw in this FA Cup tie, they met in League One on the weekend, in which Wycombe came out on top. Will they prevail back at Adams Park as they try and make it through to the second round of the FA Cup? Read our Wycombe vs Tranmere betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 17th, 2019 at 8:12 p.m.)
The Chairboys earned a 2-2 draw in an entertaining game at Prenton Park in this FA Cup tie. After falling behind early in the game, they then found themselves ahead in the second half of the tie, but couldn’t hold on. They went back to Tranmere on the weekend in League One action and they secured a 2-0 win there, despite again coming off second best in terms of possession.
Wycombe are in great form at the moment as they are on a 10 match undefeated streak of form in all competitions. At Adams Park this season Wycombe are unbeaten, winning 7 of their 10 games played there. Each of their last three home wins have been by a 1-0 margin. Both teams have scored in just one of Wycombe’s last five games at Adams Park. The Chairboys are the current League One leaders but they have won just two of their last eight FA Cup home games.
Wycombe won at Tranmere in the league on the weekend
This will be the third game in the space of 11 days between the two clubs
Tranmere are winless in three against Wycombe (D1 L2)
Wycombe have lost three of their last four home games against Tranmere
Tranmere may end up rueing the missed opportunity of home soil advantage in this tie. This is a big ask of them now as underdogs. Kieron Morris got both of their goals in the first meeting between them. The Rovers have been struggling a little bit with their form recently as they have managed to take only one victory in their last five games played (D2 L2) across all competitions.
That one victory was at least out on the road in the league against the struggling MK Dons. Overall this season the away record of Tranmere is a poor W2 D1 L5. Just once this season on their travels have they managed to score more than one goal in a game. They have a bit of away form in the FA Cup though having taken a W3 D1 record in their last four such fixtures, scoring at least two goals in each of those wins. Can they pull off the upset?
Wycombe have held their own against The Rovers this season and that will likely continue as they meet up at Adams Park. They have the extra clinical quality in the attack that should see them get through this replay. Home win.
18th November 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Tranmere are struggling down at the wrong end of the table and head into the weekend just three points above the drop zone. This is not going to be the easiest of home fixtures for them to deal with either. Wycombe are sat up in the top two in the league and are carrying some good form with them at the moment. Read our Tranmere vs Wycombe betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 13th, 2019 at 3:33 p.m.)
Tranmere took an important win for themselves out at the MK Dons last time out in league action. The Dons are one of just five teams sitting beneath Tranmere in the table, so that was a huge three points for Rovers. Can they follow it up? They are yet to win back to back league games this season and their home record sits at W2 D3 L2. So far this season Tranmere have played eight games against teams currently in the top half of the table and they have lost six of them (W1 D1).
Rovers have scored an average of two goals per home game, so that has been a very good output from them. 71% of games at Prenton Park have gone over 2.5 goals. Rovers have failed to bank a clean sheet in any of their last five home league games. Five of the seven away losses that they have suffered this season have been by a margin of at least two goals. Although their two home losses have only been by a margin of one. Tranmere have been trailing at half time in four of their seven home games, scoring 80% of goals this season in the second half of fixtures.
Tranmere and Wycombe met last weekend in the FA Cup, playing out a 2-2 draw
This is their first league meeting since 2015
Both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings
Tranmere have won one of their last four home games against Wycombe (D1 L2)
Wycombe are going strong in a promotion push this season in League One. They have won their last two league games, both by a 1-0 scoreline. Four of their last five victories in the league, home and away combined, have been by that very scoreline. While Wycombe boasts a fantastic unbeaten home record this season, they are only W2 D4 L1 out on their travels. Wycombe have a three-match undefeated streak of form going away from home (W2 D1).
Their defence has been superb this season. They have taken a clean sheet in five of their last seven league outings home and away. In total, they have only conceded four goals away from home this season in seven games played. They haven’t been anywhere near as prolific away from home as they have been at Adams Park and only average under a goal per road game. Just one of their road games this season have made it over 2.5 goals, picking up a clean sheet in 57% of away fixtures.
Yes the FA Cup meeting last weekend was open and entertaining but you would expect the tight defence of Wycombe to visit Bloomfield Road in this league encounter. This is where it really counts for them and they have been so good at the back. Away win.
15th November 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Tranmere come up a tier after winning the League Two Play-Offs last season. They get home comforts for their opener up in League One on the weekend. They play host to Rochdale who looked doomed for relegation at one point in League One last season. But a strong finish from them kept them afloat. Read our Tranmere v Rochdale betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 30th, 2019 at 9:15 p.m.)
Tranmere finished sixth in League Two last season, six points adrift of the autonomic play off places. The Super Whites struggled at the end of the season after they had had a seven-match winning streak bust. Following that Rovers won just one of their final seven league games (D3 L3). But it all came right for them in the playoffs where Micky Mellons Men won their semi final against Forest Green 2-1 on aggregate, before taking down Newport County in the final after extra time.
At Prenton Park in League Two last season Tranmere posted a W14 D5 L4 record, the backbone of their promotion push. They were defensively sound on Merseyside as well conceding just an average of 0.57 goals per home fixture and earning a clean sheet in 52% of their home games. The more that they can tap into those strengths in the higher tier, the better off they are going to be. Eight of their fourteen home wins last season were by a one-goal margin.
This will be the first meeting since the 2012 season
The record is W1 D2 L1 for each in the four previous League One meetings
Both teams have scored in four of the last six meetings
Rochdale’s last win at Tranmere was in 1973
The Dale looked in heaps of trouble at the start of the match. They had lost nine of eleven games (W1 D1) in a poor sequence in the division and relegation looked to be a realistic probability for them. But then the Spotland crew managed to turn things around. They went on to post a W6 D2 L3 record in their final eleven games of the season to end up in 16th place at the end of the term, four points clear of the drop zone. Rochdale posted a W7 D5 L11 record on their travels, winning two of their final seven away games.
They finished the League One season with the worst defensive record in the entire division, having shipped 87 goals. The Dale conceded at over two goals per game on average away from home. After sacking Keith Hill in March, Rochdale appointed Brian Barry-Murphy as caretaker and then he was handed the job full time in April. Under him, Rochdale finished with a W6 D2 L3 record, the reason they stayed up.
An interesting fixture because of it being the first test up in the third tier for Tranmere. Rochdale struggled to pull things together last season until they showed some fight at the end of the campaign. There could be something in this for the home side at Prenton Park. Home win.
31st July 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Newport County v Tranmere League Two Play-Off Final Preview, 26th May 3.00pm
The defence of Newport has been their stand out feature across this strong campaign. They finished the season in style and they will be a tough opponent for Tranmere. It is Rovers though who are going to the League Two Play-Off Final as the favourites. Things have been tight between these two recently, more of the same is expected. Read our Newport County v Tranmere betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 21st, 2019 at 1:44 a.m.)
Newport went undefeated in their final ten games of the regular League Two season. Throw into the mix their two drawn games against Mansfield in the playoff semi-finals and that’s been some really strong stuff by the Exiles. Newport have collected a total of seven clean sheets in their last ten games now. They are extremely well organised at the back and will set themselves up well knowing that they have already handled themselves well against Tranmere this term.
They blanked Tranmere in both league meetings this season, taking a 0-0 draw and a 1-0 win against Rovers. Newport took a W4 D3 L5 record this season in their regular season fixtures against the six teams who finished above them in the table. They were so strong at home but were much shakier on the road. What will life be like for them at Wembley on the weekend? Across the course of the regular season, they averaged 1.28 goals per game and the conceded an average of 1.28 goals per game.
Newport earned four points against Trade in League Two this season
Newport are W1 D3 from their four previous games against Rovers
There have been just three goals scored in the four previous meetings
Newport have three clean sheets in four against Rovers
Tranmere really played their way into a strong position with a hot run of form from early February to the end of March. They dropped just the two points in a run of nine games. Once that unbeaten streak was snapped through, they did fall out of form at the end of the season. They won only one of their last seven games played in the regular season (D3 L3) so they suddenly because very vulnerable. They had a tight scrap against Forest Green Rovers in the play-off semi-finals.
They banked a 1-0 home advantage in the first leg and survived at the New Lawn with a 1-1 draw. Tranmere did have the benefit of their opponents picking up a red card in both legs of that tie. Tranmere have failed to score in three of their last four games against Newport and even with their top scorer James Norwood, they are going to have their work cut out in breaking this disciplined Newport defence. All four of the previous meetings have been tight, low scoring affairs. This meeting at Wembley probably isn’t going to be too much different.
This is likely to be really tight between Tranmere and Newport, just the way it was during the regular season. Of the two, Newport look slightly the more confident of the two teams and that may just see them get across the line and earn the promotion.
22nd May 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
It is advantage Forest Green in this playoff semi-final tie in League Two. They banked a 1-0 home win in the first leg and now their resolve will be tested as they try and defend that at the New Lawn. Forest Green will have plenty of hope still because of their home from. Read our Forest Green v Tranmere betting tips for more.
Forest Green 21/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 12th, 2019 at 4:55 p.m.)
Forest Green are undefeated in their last three home games, winning two of those. Overall throughout the course of the regular season, they were W8 D9 L6 on home soil in the division. Given that they have conceded just the one goal in their last three home fixture, there is likely to be a way back into the tie for them in this one. In total, they took a clean sheet in 30% of their home fixtures in the regular season. They did finish the regular season as the third highest scorers in the division.
Their defence conceded at under a goal per home game on average, so that’s a huge strength that they have. Only 39% of league games at the New Lawn went over 2.5 goals this season. Half of the home wins that they recorded were by a one-goal margin. Forest Green were leading at half time in 10 of their home games as well. Of the goals that they did ship on home soil, 65% of them came after the half time break in games. Rovers opened the scoring in 15 of their 23 home fixtures during the season.
So can Tranmere hold on? They finished the regular season with only two points from their final four games played. But they had been a very strong home side. They weren’t so good out on the road though as they only took six road victories in their League Two campaign. They failed to get a win in any of the six matches against the other top seven finishers in the league as well (D3 L4). So that suggests that there is going to be some life in this semi-final tie yet. Tranmere are on a four-match winless streak on their travels.
Tranmere conceded at an average of just over 1.5 goals per away game this season, taking a clean sheet in 30% of road fixtures. They are currently winless in their last four on the road though (W2 L2) and they scored just the one-goal in that sequence of games as well. Of the nine away defeats this season that Tranmere have suffered, five of them were by a margin of at least a two-goal margin. Rovers managed to open the scoring in just of their 23 away games during the regular season.
This is likely going to be a low scoring game. It is going to be tense and there looks to be more than enough to come from Forest Green to work themselves back into this tie. A 1-0 reverse home win for Forest Green may be worth a look to take this beyond the 90 minutes.
12th May 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Just the one point separated these two clubs at the end of the season in League Two, with Forest green earning a narrow advantage over Rovers. There is going to be pressure on Tranmere, first of all, to try and make the most of home advantage in this play-off tie. However, of the two clubs, it’s not them who are carrying the better current form. Read our Tranmere v Forest Green betting tips for more.
Forest Green 11/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:27 p.m.)
Tranmere are not currently in any kind of great form. They failed win any of their final four games of the season, losing two and they have claimed just one victory in their last seven fixtures now. The positive is that the one win in that sequence did happen on home soil. Tranmere did have a very good season at home in League Two where they posted a record of W14 D5 L4. They have suffered just the one defeat in their last eight home fixtures, winning six of those. One of the key factors as to why they posted such a strong home record was their defence. Across the course of the campaign, Tranmere conceded at an average of 0.57 goals per home fixture.
That led to only 30% of league games at Prenton Park going over 2.5 goals. In total Tranmere Rovers claimed a clean sheet in 52% of their home games. Of their 14 home successes, this season eight of them were by a one-goal margin. But it should be noted that Tranmere failed to earn a clean sheet in any of their last three home games of the season, conceding exactly one goal in each of those. During the regular season Tranmere were only trailing at the halftime break in four home fixtures. Of the few goals that they did give up at home, 62% of them came in the first half of games.
Forest Green won both meetings in the regular season
Forest Green beat Tranmere in the 2017 Football Conference playoff
The overall head to head is W4 D2 L1 in Forest Green’s favour
Tranmere are W1 L2 at home against Forest Green
Forest Green finished the season much stronger than Tranmere did. They won four of their last six games of the campaign (D1 L1). What they do also have going for them is some strong away form as they claimed a victory in four of their five final away games of the season. The one game which they did lose in that sequence, which was incidentally their final away game of the season, saw them lose 4-3 at Crewe Alexandra. Overall during their League Two campaign Forest Green Rovers posted a W12 D5 L6 record on the road and that was more wins than what they managed at home.
They were certainly not shy in front of goal as they returned an average of 1.7 goals per away game this season. 61% of their road fixtures went over 2.5 goals. That is perhaps interesting know that they only claimed one win in their five games against other top six finishers this season, losing two. Forest Green Rovers have scored in each of their last five away games and of their 12 road victories posted during the regular season, seven of them were by at least a two goal margin. Rovers were level at the halftime break in 12 of their 23 away games. Rovers have scored 68% of their road goals during the season in the second period of fixtures.
This should be a pretty tight game because Tranmere are not easy to get the better of at Prenton Park. But then Forest Green have had a very good season out on the road. They may worth leaning towards parity in the first leg of this play-off semi-final. Draw in the match outright.
6th May 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
This is a game of huge importance in League Two with second-placed Bury making the trip to Tranmere. Only that will ensure that Bury claim automatic promotion this season. However, if it is Tranmere get the win then they will move up to within just the one point of the current top three. It still all to play for. Read our predictions for Tranmere v Bury.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 28th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
This game was meant to be played on Saturday but it had to get called off after an inspection because of a waterlogged pitch at Prenton Park. It gave the two sides the chance to see what the teams around them at the top of the table could manage to do. If Tranmere get the home win here they move up onto 75 points and into fifth place. That would leave them one point behind Mansfield who are currently third. So this is a huge game for Tranmere especially with them holding home advantage. There is a chance that if they lose this they could actually end up missing the playoffs altogether, but realistically there is only a slim chance of that.
Tranmere have had a very good season on home soil in the league having won 14 of their home fixtures W14 D4 L4 so they are likely to hold their own in this one. In their last home game, which was against Forest Green, Tranmere did suffer a defeat. They had won their previous six games at Prenton Park before that loss though. The home defence of Tranmere has been excellent this season as they have picked up a clean sheet in 55% of their home games. Across their 22 home games played this season, Tranmere have conceded just the 12 goals which is superb. Because of their defence, only 32% of matches at Prenton Park have made it over 2.5 goals. Eight of Tranmere’s home wins this season have been by a one-goal margin. They have conceded 67% of their home goals in the first period of matches.
Bury earned a 2-1 home win over Tranmere earlier this season
Bury have won the last three league meetings against Tranmere
Both teams have scored in just two of the last nine meetings in all competitions
Tranmere have won two of their last three home games in the league against Bury
Bury are sitting in second place ahead of this midweek action, but they are only one point ahead of the two teams immediately behind them. So they have a little bit of pressure on them in midweek, and with their form having slipped to 4 defeats in their last six played, that has added to the intensity. They can go into this game knowing that a win secures them a place in the automatic promotion places with a game to spare. Away from home, this season Bury have produced a record of W8 D6 L8. They have lost their last two away games, conceding exactly 3 goals in each of those defeats against Carlisle and Newport.
So Bury have only managed to claim one win in their last five road fixtures. They have taken a mixed record of W3 L3 in their six away games against the current top seven. On their travels, this season Bury have scored an average of 1.3 goals per away game, the exact same average out which they have conceded at. There has been a clean sheet for Bury in 27% of their away games and both teams have scored in 64% of their road fixtures. Seven of the eight away victories that Bury have managed to earn this season, had been by just the one-goal margin.
Tranmere to win: the recent positive home form of Tranmere cannot be ignored at all and because they are in need of the victory in the game a little bit more than the visitors are, then they should have a little bit more onus on them. Tranmere to win.
29th April 2019 / lee - Category: League One / Two Betting
Star-studded Premier League side Tottenham make the trip up to Merseyside to take on Tranmere at Prenton Park on Friday. This is the opening fixture of the FA Cup Third Round this weekend. While Tottenham are expected to beat the League Two side, how uncomfortable can the underdogs make their high-profile visitors? Read our Tranmere v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
Tranmere have a huge prize in terms of the draw for the third round as they get to host one of the top sides in the country. Rovers are a League Two side, currently sitting in the top ten and knocking on the door of the playoff places. Tranmere’s current form is W2 D2 L2. They have needed replay in the first two rounds of this season’s FA Cup, both against non-league opponents. They were first held to a home draw against Oxford City and then against Southport. Tranmere won both replays away from home by a 2-0 scoreline. Tranmere are unbeaten in their last seven games on home soil (W3 D4) and they are going to need something special in this one. They have never been past the quarterfinals of the tournament but have improved from last season’s effort of a first-round exit.
Tottenham are one of the best sides in the country and they are looking so strong once again this term. It isn’t too likely that they will send out their strongest eleven of course. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since Spurs beat Tranmere 4-0 in a 2002 FA Cup tie. Spurs have won their last four meetings with Tranmere by a 4-0 scoreline. Spurs are W6 D2 in their eight previous encounters with Rovers. Tottenham have posted a W7 D1 L1 in their last nine games across all competitions and have suffered just one defeat in their last thirteen away games. They knocked out a League Two side (Newport County) on the way to their semi-final finish last season.
We can only see the one outcome here and that is, of course, an away win. The top-flight side should be able to get through this fairly comfortably and our prediction is Tottenham to win to nil at Preston Park for 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 2nd, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
3rd January 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
It is back to Haig Avenue for this FA Cup all-Merseyside clash. Non-league side Southport held their own out on the road to get this back to home soil. Can they taken advantage and drive home the win now? Tranmere will know that this tie has gotten a little more difficult away from home but they are still the favourites to progress. The winner gets a dream home tie against Tottenham. Read our Southport v Tranmere betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 16th, 2018 at 3:11 p.m.)
Southport were one of two sides from the sixth tier of English football in the third round draw alongside Woking. They got themselves this replay following a 70th-minute equaliser at Preston Park. To their credit, the non-league side actually earned more possession in that game than Tranmere did. They are actually in good form, although it all has to be taken into context given their status in the game. Southport have suffered just the one defeat in their last ten games across all competitions. That loss was against Solihull Moors in the FA Trophy last weekend. However, their home form needs some examination. Southport have managed just one win at Haig Avenue all season in all competitions (D5 L4)
That lone home win was against Boreham Wood in the FA Cup first round. That’s it. They have also failed to hit the back of the net in three of their last five on home soil. So maybe they were stronger on the road? They have failed to score in three of their last five home games and they have earned two clean sheets in their last three home fixtures. They have hit the back of the net in each of their last three on home soil against fellow Merseysiders Tranmere. The last time that they made it to the third round of the FA Cup was in the 2014/15 season
Tranmere are unbeaten in their last five against Southport
The last four meetings at Southport have ended in drawn games
Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings
This is a tricky little tie now for Tranmere who are the favourites to progress, but still, they have to get the job done away from home now against a non-league side. They suffered a League Two defeat last weekend, going down against Notts County. That actually left them on a three-match losing streak of away form in the division. Rovers are struggling for away form as they have lost four of their last five on the road (W1). They have though, scored exactly two goals in each of their last four away games.
Both teams have scored in all but one of Tranmere’s last five road fixtures. Tranmere have only managed to pick up the one clean sheet in their last five games in all competitions. Four of their last five away games have produced at least 2.5 goals. Their overall away form this season in all competitions is W3 D4 L6. In the last round of the FA Cup they collected a win against Walsall. Can they just turn out a professional performance and avoid a cup upset?
It is Tranmere that you would have to stick with to predict to get through this. Even though their away form is terrible, Southport’s form is pretty sad. With just one win at home behind them all season taking on a higher ranked team, they may come up short. Away win.
16th December 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
It was so near yet so far for Oxford City as they nearly pulled off a huge shock at Prenton Park in the first attempt at settling this tie. So now the sixth-tier side have to rally themselves as they get to take on their League Two opponents back on home soil. Can they take their second bite of the cherry? Read our Oxford City v Tranmere betting tips for more.
Oxford City 4/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 18th, 2018 at 10:18 p.m.)
Oxford City could almost taste the Cup upset that they had in their fingertips at Preston Park. They took the lead at 3-2 in the 82nd minute of the game and looked as if they were just going to hold on. But Tranmere got an equaliser just a minute from time. Kabongo Tshimanga was the hero of the day for the non-league side as he scored a hattrick in the tie. He is at 10/3 odds in the anytime goalscorer market for the replay* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 10:26 pm).
Oxford City are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games across all competitions. They are on a six-match scoring streak though so that is a big positive for them. Both teams to score is at 4/5 odds for the replay* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 10:26 pm). They made it to the second round proper of last season’s FA Cup as they suffered a 3-2 replay defeat against Notts County. Overall this season on home soil Oxford City’s form is W4 D2 L2 across all competitions, having scored in each of their last seven home games.
Tranmere used their get out of jail free card in that first leg to save their blushes in front of their home support. But this tie isn’t done and now it will get a little bit trickier as well away from home. They don’t have very good form out on the road either which may see punters oppose them. Tranmere are D1 L3 in their last four away games in all competitions. They have actually only won twice on their travels all season and so they still look to beat a little bit of a risk in this one.
In their last five away games across all competitions, Tranmere have conceded a total of fifteen goals. So defensive frailties are certainly there for them. Can Oxford City get at the Tranmere defence again? Last season in the first round proper Tranmere faced a replay but lost that heavily against Peterborough. Rovers were the underdogs on that occasion, having been a National League side. Over 2.5 goals is at 9/10 odds* (betting odds taken on November 18th, 2018 at 10:26 pm). Rovers may not be quite out of the woods just yet.
Oxford City still look to have a pretty good shot at making it to the next round. They are scoring well at home and certainly had Tranmere rattled. Back on home soil against a side who are not travelling well, they could take their chance.
19th November 2018 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting