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Exiles Picks: Tranmere Rovers V Newport County | Predictions

News March 2, 2021

The Exiles travel to Merseyside tonight as they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in League Two action.

Tom Pearce, Exiles Picks Predictor (@tompearce97)

It was another disappointing result for Michael Flynn’s side at the weekend as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Stevenage.

It was a better day on Saturday for Tranmere as they continued their push for promotion with a 3-1 away to Leyton Orient.

A win for Newport would pull them level on points with tonight’s opposition and put them one spot above on goal difference.

This will be the 29th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 1959 in which the Exiles came out 3-0 winners.

The reverse fixture saw Newport win the game 1-0 but how will tonight’s match play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Newport County score in the first half? No

The Exiles have failed to score in the first half in any of their last five games.

They have failed to score in the first 45 minutes in just 33% of their away games but with their recent goal-scoring record, it’s not looking likely.

Tranmere have also kept a clean sheet in the first period in 66%  of their home games this campaign.

2. Will Newport County score in the second half? No

Whilst their last goal did come in the second 45 minutes, they have still only managed to do it twice in their last five games.

They’ve only managed eight goals from 15 as well, failing to score in the second half in 60% of games on the road.

Meanwhile, the hosts have conceded 11 goals from 15, averaging 0.73 goals against per second half at home.

3. How many goals will Newport County score? 0

It was another 90 minutes without a goal at the weekend, meaning they’d now failed to find the back of the net in three of their last five games.

The fact the goals are drying up could ruin the stat that they’ve scored in every away game this campaign.

Tranmere have kept four clean sheets at home so far this season, conceding 18 from 15 games at Prenton Park.

That’s an average of 1.27 goals against per home game.

4. How many shots on target will Newport County have? 3

The Exiles have managed four or more shots on goal in just two in each of their last five games.

They’ve now tested opposition goalkeepers on 121 occasions this campaign, averaging 4.03 shots on target per game.

Scott Davies has been the go to goalkeeper for Tranmere this season.

He’s faced 89 shots on his goal, which is an average of 3.2 shots on target against per game.

5. How many corners will Newport County be awarded? 4+

Newport won six corners at the weekend, meaning they’ve been awarded 163 of them this season. That’s an average of 5.43 corners per game.

In the reverse fixture, the Exiles managed to win eight corners throughout the game.

Tranmere have given away 149 of them so far this campaign, averaging 4.96 corners against per game.

6. How many saves will Newport County goalkeepers make? 3

Nick Townsend has been the usual starting keeper for Newport usually this season and he managed to make three saves to keep a clean sheet on Saturday.

Between him and Tom King, they have made 75 saves. That’s an average of 2.5 saves per game.

Tranmere don’t tend to take too many shots on goal either. In fact, they’ve managed 109 shots on target this season, averaging 3.63 shots on goal per game.

Quickfire

  • Will Nicky Maynard score? No
  • Will Luke Gambin assist a goal? No
  • How many tackles will Mickey Demetriou make? 1
  • How many shots on target will Nicky Maynard have? 1

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