Salford City Tranmere

Salford City host Tranmere Rovers as they look to build on their 1-0 win away to Stevenage last time out with another important three points in their pursuit of promotion.

But Tranmere will be looking to bounce straight back into League One following their relegation last season.

They lost out under the controversial points-per-game rule introduced when the League One season could not be concluded.

Covid-19 affected all clubs in the English pyramid but it affected Tranmere worst than most as they were relegated with still plenty of games left to turn the season around and their Chairman Mark Palios considered taking legal action.

This relegation, as well as months without any ticket sales, meant Tranmere were forced to make 20 members of staff redundant.

Salford will be up against a team feeling desperate to regain what they would perceive to be their rightful place in League One.

They will have to be more clinical than they were last weekend in their 1-0 win away to Stevenage as the quality of Tranmere might well make Salford pay for missed chances in a way that Stevenage were unable to.

However, Salford go into the game having had a stronger start to the new campaign as they are unbeaten in four games, winning two and drawing two.

Tranmere look to be on the up having beaten Scunthorpe 2-0 last weekend to get their first win since their relegation and they go into the game on Saturday just three points off Salford.

A win for Salford would move them six points ahead of Tranmere and continue their strong start to the campaign but a defeat would bring Tranmere level on points with Salford and back into contention.

Therefore, Graham Alexander’s side will need to be at their best to get the maximum points from this ‘six- pointer’.

Salford are hoping to improve on last season’s 11th placed finish as they look to make their way up the EFL divisions, so winning the tougher games is essential to making that progression a reality.

It’s too early to say whether Salford are serious promotion candidates but they have had another busy summer in the transfer market and early signs suggest they will be in and around the promotion places throughout the season.

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