BRISTOL ROVERS - TRANMERE ROVERS
Visitors have been defensively sound recently and were 30 seconds or so away from getting a result in midweek, but conceded a very unlucky late equaliser and as a result, were forced into extra time and ultimately, a gut wrenching defeat. They really wanted that 3rd round cup tie against WBA and I suspect, that they might suffer something of a hangover this afternoon.
Long time readers of the blog/ email, know that Rovers have been favourites of mine/ours and they have finished the season very strongly, in each of the last two years. Now that they have little or no outside distractions, I expect them to have a big start to 2009 and another run at the playoffs is firmly on the cards.
Paul Trollope's side had a wonderful October, since when they have lost their way somewhat, being without a win in five starts, However, the three losses have come against Leicester, where they led away from home with three minutes to play, at Millwall where Rovers matched the Londoners all the way, eventually going down 3-2 and by the odd goal in three to Scunthorpe. They are/were the top three sides in Division 1 and things can only get easier. After the loss at the New Den, Trollope spoke about making some big defensive changes this week, I understand that he is now reconsidering that and it maybe, that his words were enough to re-motivate the back four, there is certainly little wrong with their game going forward.Tranmere have struggled for goals on the road and not scored away from home in 501 minutes of football. Home win.
5.5 points Bristol Rovers -1/4 ball 2.03 asian line.