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Match Previews

Match Preview: Sunderland

29 January 2020

Match Previews

Match Preview: Sunderland

29 January 2020

Setting the scene…

It’s back to Sky Bet League One action for Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday night when Sunderland visit Prenton Park for a clash under the lights, kick-off 7:45pm.

Micky Mellon’s men saw their Emirates FA Cup adventure come to an end on Sunday following their home defeat to Manchester United.

Focus now returns to the third-tier, with Phil Parkinson’s promotion-chasing Black Cats next up.

Sunderland are currently on 42 points after winning three of their last five Sky Bet League One outings.

Team news

Ollie Banks, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs are all out of action through injuries.

Alex Woodyard is available for selection having been cup-tied on Sunday.

Kane Wilson could also make his first appearance after re-signing on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

One to watch

Attacking midfielder Chris Maguire became a Sunderland player in June 2018.

Linking up with the Black Cats from Bury, has made over 60 appearances for the Club since signing.

After starting his career at Aberdeen, where made played 158 times, he has represented Kilmarnock, Derby County, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City and Rotherham United.

Maguire later went onto win promotion from Sky Bet League Two with Oxford United in 2016, turning out on 63 occasions for the U’s.

Following a stint at Bury, the Scotland international, 30, switched to Sunderland and has scored ten times this season.

Match officials

Referee: Anthony Coggins

Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones and David Benton
Fourth Official: Paul Hobday


Come down to Prenton Park this Wednesday and back Micky and the lads as we host Sunderland.

We are calling on the SWA to Pack the Park again, as they did last weekend against United.

Tickets start from the below prices:

Adult: £19

Senior (65+): £12

Young Persons (18-22): £12

U18s: £6

U12s accompanied: £2

Past meetings

Rovers’ record against Sunderland stands at won nine, drawn two and lost seven.

TRFC last played the North East outfit at home back in January 2000, with Wayne Allison’s winner sealing the result in Rovers’ favour in an FA Cup tie.

Match coverage

If you can’t make it to Prenton Park this Wednesday when Tranmere Rovers host Sunderland in Sky Bet League One, then you can watch the game with an iFollow match pass for just £10!

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Club legend Dave Higgins will keep you updated on all of the action.

iFollow is the official streaming service of Tranmere Rovers Football Club, allowing the SWA to see live streaming of matches, audio match commentary and behind the scenes content while you can get closer to the Club by watching on any device and in any location around the globe.

Seventy per-cent of revenues from iFollow will go back into Tranmere Rovers Football Club. More exciting content will be coming to iFollow Tranmere throughout the 2019/20 term, so don’t miss out.

iFollow operates five separate packages including audio season pass, audio monthly pass, video match pass, audio match pass and a basic pass.

To sign-up, CLICK HERE. To find out more about the available packages, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.


Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

TikTok: @tranmererovers


Did you know?

Players that have played for both TRFC and Sunderland include David Kelly, Sean Thornton, Dariusz Kubicki and current Black Cats midfielder Max Power.

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