Setting the scene…
Tranmere Rovers are back on the road this Saturday when they travel to Roots Hall, where Southend United await in Sky Bet League One, kick-off 3pm.
Micky Mellon’s men will return to third-tier action following a ten-day break, with Sol Campbell’s Shrimpers awaiting them in Essex.
Rovers are 12 points and one position ahead of Southend heading into the fixture this weekend, and three points could move TRFC level with MK Dons.
Alex Woodyard is in contention to make his Rovers debut against his former club after signing on loan from Peterborough United.
Liam Ridehalgh and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy remain doubts after festive injuries.
Scott Davies, Mark Ellis, Ollie Banks and Evan Gumbs are all sidelined for Saturday.
One to watch
Midfielder Charlie Kelman has scored four times for Campbell’s Shrimpers so far this campaign.
Kelman, 18, is a graduate of Southend’s youth system, made his league debut for the club in January 2019, featuring 12 times during the second half of that campaign.
The Basildon-born young forward has played eight times for Southend so far in 2019/20.
Kelman is also a United States youth international having represented them at U18 and U20 level.
Referee: Alan Young
Assistant referees: Adrian Tranter and Matthew Lee
Fourth Official: Callum Walchester
Tickets for Tranmere’s trip to Roots Hall are on sale and available to purchase.
Saturday is designated as Southend’s quid for a kid matchday, which also includes Tranmere tickets for the SWA2.
Ticket details are as follows:
Senior (60+): £15
Student (with valid ID): £14
Young Person (17-22): £14
Junior (9-16): £1
Emergency Services**: £15
Disabled supporters (for adults and over 60s) pay the disabled price and juniors than pay the relevant price for their age category. Please note the emergency services price not available on matchday for home or away fans.
All prices rise £3 on the day except for juniors and U9s.
Tranmere Rovers have won 21, drawn 15 and lost 15 in total versus Southend United.
Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will guide you through events at Roots Hall.
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Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.
Did you know?
Rovers last win at Roots Hall came in a 2-1 triumph back in October 2007, courtesy of strikes from Ben Chorley and Gareth Taylor.