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Match Preview – Colchester vs Tranmere

Last Updated: 22/03/19 10:11am

Colchester forward Frank Nouble is back in contention for the home game against Tranmere after suspension.

Nouble, who missed last week’s defeat at Exeter due to a one-game ban, is likely to start.

Midfielder Tom Lapslie could return to contention after being sidelined for five games due to a hamstring injury, but this weekend may come too soon. Fellow midfielder Ben Stevenson is expected to recover in time from a groin strain. Harry Pell (hamstring) and Brandon Comley (knee) are still out.

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Tranmere boss Micky Mellon has no new injury concerns as his play-off chasing side bid for a sixth straight win. Zoumana Bakayogo has returned to training after missing last week’s win against Grimsby, but is unlikely to feature.

Fellow defender Adam Buxton is also back in training and could return to contention after a knock. Striker Ishmael Miller remains Rovers’ only long-term absentee following hamstring surgery.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Exeter and Colchester.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Exeter and Colchester.

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Colchester are without a win in their last five Football League meetings with Tranmere (D1 L4), although did draw 1-1 in their last such clash in September 2018.

Tranmere have won back-to-back visits to Colchester in the top four tiers of English football (5-1 in February 2013, 2-1 in April 2014), the only time they have done so against the U’s.

Colchester have lost their last two games without scoring a single goal – they last lost three consecutive league games without scoring in December 2012, in League One.

Tranmere are on a run of five successive Football League victories, they haven’t won six in a row in a single league season since March 1991.

Tranmere’s Connor Jennings has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven games (3 goals, 3 assists), one more than he managed in his previous 13 games in League Two (5).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Tranmere and Grimsby.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Tranmere and Grimsby.

Prutton’s prediction

Colchester looked earlier in the season like they could push for automatic promotion, but that hasn’t quite been the case since.

They are, however, right in the thick of the play-off race, and a win against Tranmere would be a huge boost to their hopes. Rovers are in incredible form right now, though, and I fancy them to sneak a sixth win in a row on Saturday.

David Prutton predicts: 0-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)

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