The international programme means that punters fond of their regular Sunday football flutter have to turn their attentions to Prenton Park and the crucial League One clash between Tranmere and Stevenage.
Rovers still harbour promotion ambitions but having lead the table for much of the campaign they’ve gone off the boil in recent weeks, losing eight of their last dozen matches. They’re desperate for the points then as they look to give their top two chances a shot in the arm and they look decent value at 21/20 with BetVictor to get them.
The visitors, bet365’s 16/5 outsiders, have been in desperate form themselves of late so it came as a huge surprise when they turned over title hopefuls Sheffield United 4-0 last weekend. However, they followed that up with a loss at struggling Bury, a result that cost boss Gary Smith his job and heading to the Wirral on the back of 14 defeats in 18 they’re up against it.
Nevertheless, confidence in the Tranmere camp will be pretty fragile so they’re unlikely to run away with it and a victory by one catches the eye at 14/5 (Ladbrokes). More specifically, Stevenage’s lack of goals, last Saturday excepted, lends appeal to Betfred’s 6/1 for Rovers to nick it 1-0 and BetVictor’s 17/4 marked against a home success following a level first period.
Finally in the first scorer betting, not many candidates leap from the page as the teams have both drawn plenty of blanks lately but at a generous 16/1 (bet365) the tremendously named Max Power might be worth a modest wager.
Tranmere to beat Stevenage 1-0 – 6/1 (Betfred)