Our preview ahead of Saturday's trip to Tranmere...
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 1st November
Prenton Rd West, Birkenhead, CH42 6QG
Tickets are available online and in the club shop up until 5pm Friday. There is no price increase on the day but only adults and U17s can pay cash on the turnstiles, other age groups will need to get a ticket from the ticket office.
GW was as tight-lipped as ever when talking about injuries. A few of the lads who have been out recently with long term injuries (Marriott, Walton) have been back in training so could possibly be back in contention, however a number of the players involved last weekend are also touch-and-go.
View from the dressing room:
Watch the full interviews with GW on Boro Player.
Tranmere were relegated from League 1 on the final day of last season, as they surrendered an early lead to lose at home to Bradford. A point away at Oldham for Notts County and a home win for Crewe meant that a Tranmere result would have had little consequence, however the manner of the surrender was a bitter pill to swallow for Rovers as they faced up to playing in the fourth tier for the first time in 13 seasons.
The story so far…
Tranmere have struggled to life in League 2 and are facing a scrap for survival as it stands. Rob Edwards was sacked as manager after their 1-0 loss at home to Plymouth, leaving the club at the bottom of the table. Micky Adams has since taken over and under his stewardship Rovers have lost one and drawn two, which means the club have now not won in 10 league games.
Last time we met…
Boro put in a dominant performance back in March to extend their unbeaten run to four games and move within a point of safety, as they beat Tranmere 3-1 at the Lamex Stadium. Jimmy Smith got Stevenage up and running before a quick-fire double from Charles and Mousinho late in the second half sealed the victory. An own-goal from Curtis Obeng gifted the visitors a consolation, although it was of little consequence as Boro saw out the game.
Watch highlights from this game here in the Boro Player Archive.
Betting with SkyBet:
Boro are 2/1 underdogs for the win on Saturday however if you think the lads can win by more than one goal, the -1 handicap is a tasty 5/1. Last time we played at Prenton Park the score was 0-0, it's 9/1 for the same result on Saturday. First goalscorer? Beardo is 13/2 whilst Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale are 7/1.
Not going to the game?
Listen to live match commentary on the Boro Player service where you'll also find full match highlights and full post-match interviews on Sunday. We'll also be providing live minute-by-minute updates on our Twitter account, with the key incidents reported live on our Facebook page. The best match day photos will be posted on the club's Instagram account whilst short highlights of the game will be on our YouTube page on Sunday.