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Match Previews

Match Preview: Watford

22 January 2020

Match Previews

Match Preview: Watford

22 January 2020

Setting the scene...

Tranmere Rovers host Watford in an Emirates FA Cup third-round replay at Prenton Park on Thursday night, kick-off 7:45pm.

Micky Mellon’s men staged a sensational second-half comeback from three goals down to draw 3-3 at Vicarage Road, which earned a replay with Nigel Pearson’s Premier League Hornets.

Awaiting the winner of Thursday’s fixture will be a BT Sport televised home tie against Manchester United on Sunday.

Team news

Ollie Banks, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs are all out of contention, while Calum Woods is a doubt.

One to watch

Midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru will likely feature against Rovers in Thursday’s rearranged replay.

The Mancunian signed for Watford in the summer after leaving Manchester City, the club where he started his playing career in the academy.

Dele-Bashiru turned professional at City and made his debut against Leicester City in a Carabao Cup tie in December 2017.

The 20-year-old penned a six-year deal at Vicarage Road in 2019, with his aim now to break into Pearson’s first-team.


Tickets for the Watford match on Thursday will be the same price as regular home fixtures, as the Club follow the same pricing structure as we did for last season’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Seating will be allocated for both home supporters and away supporters.

All tickets purchased are valid for the re-arranged match, so as normal, please present your ticket to the turnstile operator upon arrival.


All supporters who purchase tickets for the third-round replay against Watford will need to keep proof of purchase (seven-digit order number) as the Club will be introducing a tiered purchasing system in the event that we reach the fourth-round.

So, come on down and Pack the Park as Rovers aim to reach round four of the Emirates FA Cup.

Click here for a full list of ticket prices

Tickets can be bought online here

Past Meetings

TRFC ‘s record against Watford currently stands at won nine, drawn eight and lost 14.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to uninterrupted match commentary of Tranmere Rovers’ Emirates FA Cup third-round replay with Watford through an iFollow audio match pass on Thursday night, costing just £2.50.

Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Club legend Dave Higgins will take you through the action.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! To sign-up, 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

Did you know?

Tranmere last hosted Watford at Prenton Park in November 2000 in a Division One meeting, with goals from Clint Hill and Scott Taylor securing Rovers all three points.



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