For Tranmere and Forest Green, a win in this fixture is vital as both teams are struggling near the bottom of the League Two table. The Green Devils are unbeaten in the last three meetings between the two teams and in this exact game last season, they walked away with a 4-0 win.
The Rovers have been poor at both ends of the field this season, which has earned them a spot in 23rd place, with only goal difference separating them from rock bottom. After 16 matches, Tranmere have only scored 18 goals whilst conceding 29, the fourth worst defensive record in League two. The team lacks discipline and even with a new manager, Nigel Adkins, the same issues repeatedly occur. Tranmere have played eight games on the road this season, losing all of them. Luckily they play at Prenton Park this weekend, a ground where they have picked up all of their points and only failed to score on one occasion.
Last time out, Tranmere found their shooting boots as they scored three goals past League One side, Stevenage. Unfortunately, they conceded four themselves but Adkins will take plenty of positives from the tie.
The Green Devils are in a similar position to their opponent, as they sit three points above them in 22nd place. David Horseman's team have lost ten of their 15 matches this season but it is their home form that has been underwhelming. Forest Green sit bottom of the home table, winning two of their nine matches and conceding 18 goals. However they have actually won their last two home matches, with one of them being a 5-0 win over Colchester. Overall, per game they average 1.2 goals scored and 1.8 goals conceded.
Last weekend, Forest Green travelled to National League North side, Scarborough Athletic, where they were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw. 18 year-old Olly Sully came off the bench and netted in the last minute to force a replay.
Forest Green are the side in better form going into the game, which may just give them the edge this weekend. Tranmere are better at home and the Green Devils are more confident on the road, which should lead to a close game.
The final prediction is Tranmere 1-1 Forest Green, with a draw priced at 5/2.