Stevenage will be aiming to get back to winning ways this weekend as they host Tranmere Rovers at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Despite their poor form as of late, Stevenage still finds themselves in 2nd place in the League Two table, having picked up 57 points from their 30 league games so far this campaign. However, the Boro are now thirteen points adrift from Leyton Orient at the top of the league table.
Steve Evans’ side is in the midst of their worst form of the season and is without a win in their last four league games. This run has included two draws at the hands of Sutton United and Newport County and defeats against Bradford and Stockport.
Last time out, Stevenage were left empty-handed from their trip to Edgeley Park. Stockport took a lead in the first period thanks to Will Collar who side-footed home from eight yards. As Stevenage pushed for a late winner, the hatters sealed a good day at the office thanks to Rydel, with the game finishing 2-0.
One of the main worries for Steve Evans in recent weeks will be the number of goals that Stevenage is conceding. Boro has conceded two or more goals in each of their last three games, compared to just one in their three before that.
After a tough run of fixtures, Tranmere now finds themselves in 15th place in the table, having amassed 41 points from their 32 league games so far this season. It seems as though Rovers will not have anything to play for as the season draws to a close, being 15 points above the relegation zone and 8 points behind the playoff places.
Micky Mellon’s side has struggled to pick up points as of late and has lost four of their last five fixtures. However, their recent form may be somewhat misleading as four of their last opponents are currently in the top seven in the league.
Last weekend, Tranmere welcomed Mansfield Town to Prenton park; a side who are in red hot form. Despite an early flurry of chances for Tranmere, Mansfield’s superiority was soon evident as Goals from Riley Harbottle and Davis Keillor-Dunn were the difference. The Stags could have added more to their tally but for an impressive display from Tranmere keeper Joe Murphy.
The Lamex Stadium has proved a difficult ground for Tranmere in the Football League and Rovers are still yet to claim an away win against Stevenage. This has included four draws and three defeats since their first trip to Stevenage in December 2011.
Stevenage has enjoyed facing Tranmere in recent years and has won three of the last four Football league games against Rovers. When these sides met earlier in the campaign, Stevenage narrowly edged out a close affair as Jordan Roberts claimed a late winner.
Unsurprisingly, given the respective league positions of these sides, it is Stevenage who is odds on favorites ahead of this clash @ ⅚, whilst a surprise away victory for Tranmere is currently priced @ 10/3.
We are backing Stevenage to win and Luke Norris to score because of Stevenage’s impeccable home record against Tranmere. We believe that Norris is likely to score as he already has eleven league goals this campaign.