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Sutton v Tranmere preview

18 March 2022

After two defeats on the road this week, Sutton will hope a return to the VBS Community Stadium leads to a change of fortune when Tranmere Rovers are the visitors on Saturday.

U's haven't lost at home since Walsall left with all three points at the end of October, and after seeing the Saddlers and Swindon complete Sky Bet League Two doubles over the past week, it's a chance for Sutton to claim one following the 1-0 win at Prenton Park in November when Isaac Olaofe scored the only goal of the game, and put it alongside the double completed over Carlisle earlier in the season.

It will be a far from easy task, though, with Tranmere having won their last two games, an exciting 3-2 win against Mansfield followed by a more straightforward 2-0 defeat of Harrogate on Tuesday, the Yorkshire side playing over an hour with ten men. Those wins steadied the ship after a previous run of five games that yielded only a point, and Tranmere go in to the weekend's action outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference, although by the time they take the field on Saturday Newport might have widened the gap in Friday's game against Hartlepool.

Tranmere's promotion chasing position is based on their excellent home form, with fourteen wins out of nineteen games at Prenton Park, but away they have won only four in eighteen, at Carlisle, Crawley, Exeter and Oldham, all by the only goal of the game.

It will be Tranmere's third visit to the ground, with a 3-1 win in December 2017 on the way to promotion from the National League, a year after a Dan Fitchett goal had marked U's first National League game in front of the live BT cameras with a 1-0 win.

U's were without ten first team squad members on Tuesday in the slightly unfortunate defeat at Swindon, which saw U's drop outside the play-off zone, and will hope that some of the absentees may be fit to return to face Tranmere.

Referee Will Finnie will be familiar with both teams, the Northamptonshire official having taken charge of the November meeting on Merseyside.

Tickets can be bought on line here for home supporters, or can be bought from the ticket kiosk on the day, although we do advise arriving at least an hour before the start if you wish to buy on the day to avoid queues around the kiosk and the turnstiles. Tranmere have sold out their allocation of tickets.

Home supporters are welcome to join us before the game for a pre-match drink, with all club bars opening at 12 noon.

Those unable to go to the game can listen to live audio commentary through our iFollow service, and anyone without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can buy a match pass for £2.50 here. A programme is also available to order online to be sent out after the game, click here.

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