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MATCH PREVIEW: Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers
Swindon Town welcome Merseyside-based Tranmere Rovers to the County Ground tonight in their first Tuesday evening League Two game of the 21/22 season. Find out everything you need to know ahead of the fixture in Total Sport Swindon’s preview below as Ben Garner looks to record his second win as STFC Head Coach.
A mixed start to the season has seen Swindon Town produce impressive performances without picking up the points they perhaps deserved, as Ben Garner’s Swindon side won their opening game of the season before suffering a home defeat against Carlisle on Saturday.
Similarly, Micky Mellon’s Tranmere Rovers picked up three points against Walsall in their season opener before stuttering to a goalless draw against Port Vale at the weekend.
Last meeting in Swindon’s 19/20 League Two title-winning season, Swindon are unbeaten against Tranmere on the previoys 10 occasions, winning 9 of these and drawing just once, with Rovers last earning victory at the County Ground in 2007.
Recent form however counts for very little and Swindon's attackers will need to find their touch in front of goal if they are to get the better of this competitive Rovers side that is yet to concede a goal this season.
Despite admitting he is looking to add strength to his attacking line, Ben Garner will have to rely on striker Tyreece Simpson, with the 19-year-old seeking to score his first goal in Swindon colours. Whilst Welsh International, Jonny Williams is set to make his debut for the Robins after joining the club on a permanent deal last week.
Jordan Lyden and Mathieu Baudry remain out injured for the hosts, with Kaine Kesler-Hayden also unavailable for selection as he serves his one-game ban after being sent off against Carlisle. However, Ellis Iandolo is set to be recalled to the starting line-up, whilst Akin Odimayo could earn his first league minutes of the season.
Team news from Tranmere sees midfielder Chris Merrie serve the final match of his three-game suspension, whilst Callum Macdonald, Scott Davies, and Elliott Nevitt are all expected to miss tonight’s fixture through injury.
Heading into tonight’s game Swindon Town Head Coach, Ben Garner, said:
"Tranmere have had a good start and there is a lot of experience in their team and a few lads that I know really well.
"I'm pleased to see Tom Davies doing well after he was injured during my tenure at Bristol Rovers so it's great to see him doing well.
"We know they are a very strong side with lots of game management.”
Finding the back of the net just once so far this season highlights the lack of attacking threat Micky Mellon’s side pose in front of goal, whilst Swindon’s fluid attack will be confident of continuing their trend of scoring in every game so far this season.
Tonight presents Ben Garner with a brilliant opportunity to earn his first home victory as Swindon Town boss and it’s important his side produce the goods in front of a packed-out stadium as new owner Clem Morfuni watches on.
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