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Preview: Friday Night Lights At Tranmere

8 March 2019

Crewe Alexandra head to Tranmere Rovers looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back home defeats to Exeter City & Northampton Town.

Despite those two results, The Alex are unbeaten in the previous four away games after draws at Morecambe, Macclesfield & Oldham & a win at MK Dons.

However, those two Gresty Road defeats have left the play-off hopes looking extremely slim, with a victory at Tranmere a must to keep up any hopes of making the end of season picture.

Rovers though are on fine form currently & occupy a coveted play-off position. They've won four of their last five matches, last losing on 5 February at home to the Cobblers.

Crewe have won both previous meetings with Rovers so far this season, 3-2 in the reverse league fixture at Gresty Road in November as well as 4-3 at Prenton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy in September.

The Alex will have to be at their very best to make it a hat-trick of victories over Tranmere come kick-off.


Date: Friday 8 March 2019

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Prenton Park

Previous Meeting at Host Club: Tranmere 3-4 Crewe (Checkatrade Trophy, Sep 2018)

Referee: Martin Coy (P28, Y81, R2)


Crewe: James Jones could come into contention after playing 70 minutes for the Under 23s at Millwall on Tuesday on his return from injury.

Harry Pickering, Nicky Hunt & Aaron Taylor-Sinclair could also come back into contention after missing the defeat to Northampton last week with minor problems.

Boss David Artell could shake-up his formation, tactics & team selection following back-to-back defeats but won't reveal his selections until match night.


Tranmere: Kieron Morris missed last weekend's win at Exeter with injury & it's unknown whether he'll be in contention for a return. Jonny Smith came into the side & could keep his place following the 1-0 win.

Leading scorer James Norwood netted his 25th of the season in the match & he is without question the one 

Rovers are in fine form currently & have their sights firmly set on the play-offs, currently occupying sixth spot in Sky Bet League Two. 

Five teams, including Tranmere, are separated by just two points in & around the play-off places - every game counts between now & the end of the season.


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