Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers and provides us with his best bets for Friday Night’s League 2 playoff clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Tranmere Rovers v Forest Green Rovers Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 10/05/19
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Prenton Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event

Tranmere host Forest Green in the first leg of their playoff semi-final under the lights on Friday night at Prenton Park. Tranmere will have a bumper crowd behind them as they look for a positive result to take to The New Lawn on Monday night.

Tranmere amassed 47 points at Prenton Park this season and they also possess the top goalscorer in the league in James Norwood with 29 goals. Their Goalkeeper, Scott Davies, was also awarded the Golden Glove.

Forest Green Rovers will go to Prenton Park full of confidence having won 1-0 there in April. FGR had the 2nd best away form this season and they are unbeaten against Tranmere in their last 6 competitive meetings, so they’ll be confident of gaining another good performance this time around.

Having been at the meeting between these two in April I can tell you that this game will be highly competitive. Both sides have a lot of quality and they also have a lot of experience to go with that. This will be a hard-fought game and could go right down to the wire in the second leg.

Team News

Tranmere are likely to be without Ishmael Miller, Evan Gumbs and Luke McCullough.

Forest Green have a hull squad available.

Potential Tranmere Rovers Starting XI: Davies, Caprice, Monthe, Nelson, Ridehalgh, Pringle, Perkins, Banks, Morris, Jennings, Norwood

Potential Forest Green Rovers Starting XI: Montgomery, Mills, Gunning, Rawson, Shephard, Winchester, McGinley, Williams, Brown, Mondal, Doidge

Head To Head

  • FGR are unbeaten in their last 6 against Tranmere Rovers.
  • Tranmere’s last win against FGR came back in 2015 and included a Gary Taylor-Fletcher goal.

Betting Odds

  • Tranmere Rovers 13/10
  • Draw 23/10
  • Forest Green Rovers 13/5

The Verdict

This is a hard game to call and that’s not just because I’m a Tranmere Rovers fan. These two teams despite the recent record are well matched and the games are often highly competitive. I saw the most recent meeting between these two sides in April and on that day the points could have easily gone to Tranmere on another day.

I can’t picture this game being one where Tranmere produce a full 90 minute onslaught and put FGR to the sword. Both sides will have sustained periods of play and the first goal is so vital in a game like this. I’ve seen first hand how good FGR are at holding onto a lead against Tranmere and they do pose a threat against a side who will be fielding a young Centre back in Sid Nelson.

I think this game will play out similarly to the game played in April and I can't see their being a hatful of goals in this first leg. Under 2.5 goals at 5/4 (RedZone) looks to be a good play for me, this has landed every time that the teams have played each other at Prenton Park and I can see this happening again come Friday night.

With 29 goals to his name this season it’s fair to say that James Norwood is a bit of a handful for defences. In the last game against FGR he caused a lot of problems without finding the back of the net. He gives Tranmere so much in the game in attack and defence and if the home side are going to score in this match I would be siding with him. Norwood is 15/4 (Bet365) to score first in the match and I think that’s a really good price for a league top scorer and a player who will also have the added narrative of playing against one of his former teams.

In the cards markets I fancy FGR Centre Back Gavin Gunning to find his way into the book. He has 10 yellow cards this season and has picked up 2 in his last 2 games. He is 5/2 (SkyBet) to be shown a card on Friday night and he could find it tough against a busy James Norwood. Gunning will also have the home crowd against him after he played in a rather disappointing loan spell way back in 2009.

Recommended Bets

  • Norwood to score first 15/4 (Bet365)
  • Under 2.5 goals 5/4 (Redzone)
  • Gunning to be shown a card 5/2 (Skybet)