Boreham Wood v Tranmere Betting Tips & Odds – 12/05/18

Boreham Wood v Tranmere Betting Tips & Odds – 12/05/18

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Boreham Wood v Tranmere Betting Tips & Odds

In our Boreham Wood v Tranmere betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.


Saturday afternoon sees the conclusion of the National League, with Boreham Wood and Tranmere Rovers facing off at Wembley Stadium in the play-off final. Boreham Wood come into it as big outsiders to make it into the Football League for the first time, but it’s a tag that’ll suit themselves and boss Luke Garrard right down to the ground. The Wood have been one of the surprise packages in the fifth tier this season and their supporters are in dreamland at the moment, but promotion would be an incredible achievement. All the pressure is on their opponents, with Tranmere desperately seeking promotion back into the Football League. Rovers dropped out of it for the first time in their history back in 2015 and after losing in last years play-off final, they’ll be eager to go one better and finally regain their place back in the EFL.

Boreham Wood's manager Luke Garrard

This will be the biggest test of Luke Garrard’s short managerial career

Boreham Wood on the verge of history

There’s been surprises in almost every division up and down the country this season but not many really compare to that of Boreham Wood. The North Londoners have stunned the National League not just to stay up comfortably, or finish in the top half, but to make it all the way to the play-off final at Wembley. For a club that averages attendances of just 679 and play part-time this is an absolutely magnificent achievement and they’re on the verge of writing history. The Wood have never been in the Football League in their 70 year history and now they’re just ninety minutes away from doing just that. They’re massive outsiders to make it but that’s exactly the tag that they’ve been given since the campaign kicked off back in August – meaning that they’ll be more than pleased to take it again on Saturday.

Boreham Wood’s success has seen them become one of the hardest sides to beat in the National League – with them losing just six times in their previous 34 league games which is a pretty incredible achievement. That suggests that they’re a cautious side, but it’s very far from that. Garrard has created an attack minded side at Meadow Park which on their day are capable of beating any side, as they’ve already shown in the play-offs. Wins over AFC Fylde (2-1) and most recently Sutton United (3-2) have seen them secure their place at the national stadium and they need to deliver a similar display if they’re to come out on top. They have goals throughout their side with Bruno Andrade (21) and Morgan Ferrier (15) particularly prolific along with the creative Angelo Balanta who will cause lots of problems here. Defensively they’ll need to sharpen up considerably against the divisions second most prolific attack (78) but they have the ability to score goals as their recent form shows – with BTTS occurring in each of their previous five games.

Boreham Wood's Angelo Balanta

Former QPR man Angelo Balanta will be key to Boreham Wood’s hopes at Wembley

Second time lucky for Rovers?

All the pressure coming into the final is on Tranmere Rovers – who’s supporters will be praying that this is finally their year. It’s been a brutal few years for the club, with the fans seeing them drop into non-league for the first time in their proud 134 year history. This is their third year in the division and after being beaten in the final (Forest Green 3-1) last term, they’ll feel that they have unfinished business at Wembley. The majority of the squad that suffered that disappointment twelve months ago remains at Prenton Park and boss Micky Mellon deserves an awful lot of credit not just for lifting his players, but getting them to compete again. They finished second in the regular season, ending their 46 games with the divisions second best defence (46) and second best attack (78). They’re a side no one enjoys playing against and you really have to work hard for your opportunities against them – which isn’t good news for Boreham Wood.

Rovers did struggle against the Wood in the regular season however, picking up one point from a possible six in their two meetings – with the most recent result being a 2-1 defeat at Meadow Park back in March. But since that disappointment Tranmere have gone on to win seven of their next nine games and score plenty of goals in the process. The strength in depth that Mellon has at his disposal makes them such a force, they have promotion winning experienced at the back in Scott Davies, Steve McNulty and Jay McEveley whilst in attack they have prolific duo James Norwood and Andy Cook. The pair have netted a huge 48 league goals between them this season and they’re likely to have a big say in whether their side end the weekend in the Football League. Former Grimsby Town man Andy Cook is the man to look out for here, with the big striker winning the golden boot after netting 26 goals.

Tranmere Rovers' manager Micky Mellon

Tranmere Rovers’ manager Micky Mellon will be hoping his side can put last years disappointment behind them and go all the way

Recommended Bets:

Tranmere to win: (Best Priced at 1/1 at SkyBet) BET HERE

BTTS: (Best Priced at 10/11 at bet365) BET HERE

Andy Cook to score anytime: (Best Priced at 21/10 at bet365) – BET HERE

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