New decade, new year .. more football. It’s Mark Robins’ ‘Sky Blues’ that are set to face Tranmere this Wednesday, 01/01/20. Robins’ outfit come into the game after a good run of form, beating promotion chasing Wycombe away 4-1 after a victory at St Andrews against Lincoln City. If Tranmere win, apart from it being a great start to year of 2020, they will climb the table to 18th with a game in hand in comparison to the nearby sides. To win, Micky Mellon’s ‘super whites’ will have to carry on the quality and effort shown in the second half of their previous fixture at Prenton Park, in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool. A draw and a win against Blackpool and Coventry in the past few days wouldn’t be a bad run of form for a side that is situated near the relegation zone.
Liam Ridehalgh, Kane Wilson and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy are doubtful of a New Year’s Day start, due to recent encounters with injuries.
Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Ollie Banks, Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all remain on the treatment table.
Jordan Ponticelli, a striker on loan from Coventry, is unavailable due to an agreement in the loanee’s ‘superwhite’ contract.
Chapman, Woods, Nelson, Ray, Caprice, Perkins, Danns, Jennings, Blackett-Taylor, Ferrier, Morris.
ONE TO WATCH:
The Canterbury-born Matt Godden is the visitors ‘one to watch’, as he is back in the team after a recent injury.
28-year-old Godden turned professional at Scunthorpe and has since represented: Brigg Town, Ilkeston Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Dartford and Tamworth.
After a loan at Ebbsfleet, he moved to the club permanently in 2014, prior to going onto feature for Stevenage, Peterborough and Coventry.
Will Finnie is the man in the middle this Wednesday and will be assisted by Joe Simpson and Peter Gooch.
Tranmere have met Coventry on many occasions, the most recent being earlier this season when Blackett-Taylor striked late into the game to salvage three points for the visitors.
Tranmere’s record against the New Year’s Day visitors to Prenton park fares better than the opponents, Won 11, drawn 3, lost 7.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tranmere have beat Coventry on the last three encounters with the ‘sky blues’.