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Preview: Crewe Make Tranmere Checkatrade Trip

4 September 2018

Crewe Alexandra head to Tranmere Rovers looking to end a five-game losing streak in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Since winning the first game since the competitions' reshuffle 3-0 at Accrington, the Alex lost the two following group games in 2016/17, as well as all three in last years' competition.

The first game in the Alex's group took place last week, Shrewsbury Town & Man City U21s drawing 1-1, with the Shrews picking up the bonus point after winning on p


Date: Tuesday 4 September 2018

Competition: Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group D

Venue: Prenton Park

Previous Meeting At Host Club: Tranmere 1-0 Crewe (January 2014)

Referee: Graham Salisbury (PL5, 16YC, 2RC)


Crewe: Dave Artell is keen to turn around the Alex's poor start on the road around - with the side yet to score a goal away from home.

In contrast, The Alex are unbeaten at home & go into the match full of confidence having dispatched of Macclesfield 3-0 on Saturday.

It's unclear how many changes the manager will make to the team for the Checkatrade Trophy match-up, with plenty of fringe players desperate for game-time.

Eddie Nolan is definitely ruled out though after picking up a calf problem on Saturday, joining Paul Green & Harry Pickering on the sidelines.


Tranmere: Zoumana Bakayogo, who left the Alex in the summer, is back in contention after injury, but Ritchie Sutton & Evan Gumbs are long term absentees for the hosts.

This is Rovers' first match in the newly reformed competition following promotion from the National League last season.

Rovers have lost just once in the league so far on their return to the EFL, winning two & drawing three. 

Talisman James Norwood has notched six goals in those six games, with Alex boss Dave Artell hopeful he made 


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