The No. 1 unofficial Tranmere Rovers FC fansite takes a hopeful punt on a win.
We’ve had a couple of new signings this week, James Wallace from Everton, who we’ll have to see how he beds into the team, and Lateef Elford-Alliyu from West Brom, who played against Rochdale on Tuesday and looked decent, though a little short of match fitness.
They could go on to be good players for us, but it’s hard to look past our ageing yet evergreen centre-back Ian Goodison, who scored at Dean Court last season. He reads the game so well, which perhaps makes up for his lack of pace aged 39. He’s such a good tackler and he commands the back four. He is a doubt for the game though with a knee injury so may miss out.
The other key man in my eyes is winger Martin Devaney. Martin has missed large parts of the season so far through illness and injury but it just beginning to make his way in the first team. He’s got quick feet, can beat a man easily and will provide and score goals. If he’s on his game, he’ll be really tough to handle.
PREDICTION: It’ll be a tough game for Rovers. We’re without a win on the road since October, but we always seem to do well at Dean Court – we were the first away side to win there and I believe have the biggest away win at the newly refurbished ground too. So I’m hopeful we can pick up something, perhaps a repeat of last season’s 2-1 win. http://www.total-tranmere.co.uk
‘BIG’ STEVE SPANGLER
TFTSE regular and AFC Bournemouth old boy offers his thoughts for the game
It’s my birthday this week, so this game is the nearest to my actual birthday, so once again a football match coincides with some drinking. You would think after all these years the novelty would have worn off, but it hasn’t yet. Busy before the game so will have to restrict myself to one pint and a few after. Three should be enough, getting old.
PREDICTION: Not really sure about this, haven’t been keeping up with what Tranmere have been up to. So we are above them in the table and we haven’t lost for ages so another 3 points. 2-0
Bournemouth 18 | Draws 15 | Tranmere 12
LAST 5 MEETINGS
Tranmere 0 – 0 Bournemouth
Football League One | Sat 01Oct 2011
AFCB scorers: None
Bournemouth 1 – 2 Tranmere
Football League One | Sat 09Apr 2011
AFCB scorers: Danny Ings (90)
Bournemouth 5 – 3 Tranmere
FA Cup | Sat 06Nov 2010
AFCB scorers: Josh McQuoid (1, 4, 57), Marc Pugh (7), Liam Feeney (61)
Bournemouth 3 – 0 Tranmere
Football League One | Sat 21Aug 2010
AFCB scorers: Josh McQuoid (8), Michael Symes (pen 18), Marc Pugh (61)
Bournemouth 2 – 1 Tranmere
Football League One | Mon 24 Mar 2008
AFCB scorers: Ian Goodison (og 1)Jo Kuffour (34)
BIGGEST HOME WIN
Bournemouth 4 – 0 Tranmere
English Division 3 (old) | Sat 04 Oct 1958
BIGGEST AWAY WIN
Tranmere 0 – 5 Bournemouth
English Division 4 | Fri 28 Sep 1979
Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury:
“Tranmere put in a good performance on Tuesday against Rochdale. They had some good chances and should have won.
They have brought in Lateef Elford-Alliu from West Brom, and he is a quality player.
We drew 0-0 up there in October and they showed they are a decent side with good players and a difficult side to play against. They are a big side, hard working side and always a threat from set plays. Les Parry has them working well and they have a never say die attitude that they proved here last season.