Match Preview : Rotherham United v Tranmere Rovers


Tranmere face Rotherham at the New York Stadium this coming Saturday. They will be looking to gain their first set of points ‘on the road’ since the fixture against Colchester in March where ‘Tequilla’ made its proud debut. However, it will be incredibly difficult as last season Rotherham competed in the second tier of the English footballing pyramid . However, they finished the season placed 22nd meaning their relegation demise was confirmed.

Rotherham United Football Club ‘The millers’ play their football at the New York stadium which has a capacity of 12,000 and was opened before the 2012/13 season commenced. This season, ‘The Millers’ have not managed to register a point from any home fixture. In fact, the only fixture where Rotherham have managed to gain points from was the opening day fixture at the Cherry red records stadium in south London. Goals from Ladapo and Robertson meant Rotherham were the victorious visitors. Thus, Micky Mellon’s side will be of the hope that they can extend Rotherham’s winless run. Rotherham have provided no team news for this saturday’s fixture.

Tranmere Rovers Football Club ‘The super whites’ have not had the best of starts to the season. They have lost all bar one of their opening fixtures and picked up three red cards, two coming in the previous encounter at Bristol Rovers’ Memorial stadium. The two positives Tranmere can take into the game this Saturday, is that the following supporters will make their away section as intimidating as possible with around 700 supporters travelling from Merseyside. Also, Rotherham were held to a 100 minutes home tie against Sheffield Wednesday in the caraboa cup where they conceded a ‘soccer punch’ when Nuhiu netted in the last minute of added time. Thus, Rotherham’s players shall be of minor fatigue. Tranmere will be without players : Ferrier (8 weeks with knee injury sustained in training), Ollie Banks (suspension), Blackett Taylor (suspension), Caprice (ankle), Ellis (Knee), Gumbs (ACL), Miller (Hamstring).

There is a pivotal man in the history of Rotherham United and Tranmere Rovers, who has managed both clubs. Ronnie Moore . Ronnie Moore had two spells at Tranmere as a player, scoring 78 goals in 324 games. In between them spells, he played for Rotherham United where he scored 52 goals in 125 games. He soon transformed his role from goal scorer to manager and since then he has had two managerial spells at Tranmere in league one. In 2014 it was confirmed that Ronnie Moore would leave the club, due to betting offences. He also had two spells at Rotherham United as manager.

Predicted line ups:

Rotherham (4/3/3) – Iversen, Robertson, Wood, Ihiekwe, Olosunde, Crooks, Barlasser, Wiles, Ladapo, Vassel, Smith. 

Tranmere (4/2/1/3) – Davies, Ridehalgh, Monthe, Ray, Wilson, Perkins, Potter, Jennings, Mullin, Payne, Morris. 

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