Updated: Jan 30
GK: Jon McLaughlin. With McLaughlin keeping his third clean sheet in a row against Doncaster, he’ll be expecting to stay as number 1 for a while.
CB: Jordan Willis. The ever-present Willis is certainly our best defender, as well as the best distributor from the back. His pace and strength have bailed us out time and time again.
CB: Alim Ozturk. Except from the habit of handballs, Ozturk has been relatively solid in the middle of a back three. You know what you’re getting with the Turk and his areal presence may be needed against a direct Tranmere side.
CB: Bailey Wright. Joel Lynch has looked a bit sluggish recently and could benefit from a rest. The new signing could come in on the left to add more composure on the ball, perhaps mirroring Willis’ role on the other side.
RWB: Luke O’Nien. Mr Consistent has made himself un-droppable on the right-hand side with his work rate and enthusiasm.
LWB: Denver Hume. Although, by his own recent standards he was quiet against Doncaster, he’s the only viable option in this system and so he will play again tonight.
CM: Max Power. Power’s been in decent form recently and is a great leader on the pitch.
CM: George Dobson. George will be feeling new signing Josh Scowen breathing down his neck, hopefully improving the competition in midfield. Like Power, Dobson adds the energy to press from the front and quickly turn over possession.
RW: Lynden Gooch. Gooch has been the star man of 2020 so far and will be expecting to keep his place in the starting lineup.
LW: Chris Maguire. The mercurial talent was quiet against Doncaster but with Duncan Watmore picking up a knock in training, Maguire will surely be playing tonight.
ST: Kyle Lafferty. The Northern Irishman was impressive when coming on for Charlie Wyke, who disappointed on Friday. This fixture is ideal for a striker’s debut; a relegation battling side that will be low on confidence after the Manchester United game.