Forest Green v Tranmere Preview and Prediction
So Tranmere have one step in the Playoff final after beating their rivals 1-0 in the opening leg, depsite having a man sent off. They meet again tonight in the League Two play-off semi final 2nd leg. Will the visitors capitalise on their first leg advantage? Read on for our prediction and betting review below.
With the regular season now complete and the majority of the teams starting to make their plans for the new campaign, there is still a handful of sides who will be hoping that they have done enough to earn a spot at Wembley and ultimately promotion to England’s League 1. This evening we see two sides go head to head who are hoping they have the quality required to book a spot at Wembley for the League Two play-off final as Forest Green Rovers welcome Tranmere Rovers for the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final clash.
If the two league clashes between these sides are anything to go by, then Forest Green Rovers will be very confident in their chances of claiming their spot at Wembley for the final. The visitors claimed a 3-1 victory when the sides met back in October, and they followed up that victory by becoming one of the few visiting sides to be successful at Prenton Park as they claimed a 1-0 win on Good Friday. However, in the first leg on Friday they fell as an Oliver Banks rocket was enough give the hosts the lead. Tranmere enjoyed the bulk of possession and chances in that clash thanks in no small part to Gunning’s red card in the 15th minute of the tie.
After claiming all three points at Prenton Park and being one of only two sides who were able to do the double over their hosts this season, Forest Green Rovers will have every reason to believe that they have the capabilities required to progress. However, in the regular campaign they had a pretty modest home record and they go into this match with it all to do following their defeat in the first leg.
Tranmere Rovers enjoyed a brilliant and exciting return to the Football League following their promotion from the National League last season and they know that whatever the remainer of the campaign holds for them, they will view this season a success. Rovers disappointment that they were unable to capitalise on their excellent position due to a poor end to the season which ruled out their automatic promotion bid will have subsided following their first leg performance, but they will have to ensure they complete the job on Monday.
If Tranmere Rovers are to emerge as winners, then they'll need a big game from James Norwood. The 28-year-old has been in fine form and finished as the league’s top scorer with no less than 29 goals to his name in all competitions. He didn't score in the first leg but had plenty of chances and kept finding space, therefore we'd back him to score tonight.
The odds show that the bookies fancy Forest Green Rovers to get the job done over 90 minutes as they did in the League fixtures and have priced the match accordingly. However, it is not an assessment that we would agree with and when you consider the below-par home record of the hosts and the fact that they did not look all that threatening first time around, all be it with 10 men for the majority of the game. We therefore are backing the visitors to get a win. However, it is also important to note that Tranmere are a lot more open at the back on the road, so consider adding the safety net of the ‘Draw – No Bet’.
Our Prediction: Forest Green 1-2 Tranmere