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The Big Match Preview: Tranmere vs Wycombe

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15 November 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Tranmere Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Sunday 17th November 2019 (kick off 12pm)
Prenton Park
Referee: John Busby

Part two of the 'Tranmere trilogy' sees Wanderers return to Prenton Park eight days after their 2-2 in the FA Cup first round, but this time there's league points at stake, and the opportunity for Wycombe to return to the League 1 summit.

The Sky Sports cameras will be on the Wirral to broadcast the action live across the globe as both sides renew acquaintances, having previously gone almost five years without meeting following Rovers' demotion into non-league.

Micky Mellon's men are on the rise, though, having won back-to-back promotions, and currently sit 18th in the division, while the Chairboys are second to Ipswich only on goal difference, and ready to capitalise on the Tractor Boys' free weekend during the international break.

Both managers will have learned plenty during last week's FA Cup affair, and Rovers know they must limit the set-piece threat of Joe Jacobson, who scored last Saturday and should line up for his 500th career appearance on his 33rd birthday.

Can't make it to Prenton Park? Watch it live with fellow fans in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park.

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Wanderers have been given tickets in the Cowshed Stand at Prenton Park (all seated and covered behind one goal).

Prices are as follows, with a £3 increase if bought on the day (except for under 12 tickets).

Adults (23-64): £19
Seniors (65+): £12
Young Adults (18-22): £12
Under 18: £6
Under 12: £2 (when accompanied)

On the day of the match (once sales via Wycombe's TicketCo system have ended) an online facility will be set up on; select home matches -> Wycombe Wanderers -> Cowshed, and you can purchase tickets from here, which will be sent to a smartphone and scanned in on the turnstile. Online sales remain at the cheaper, advanced rate outlined above.

Alternatively Wycombe supporters can pay in store at Prenton Park, however there is a £3 increase for all age categories except under 18s. There is no cash turnstile facility.

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Paul Smyth is available again after impressing in his comeback match at MK Dons on Tuesday, while Jack Grimmer could be fit to make the trip after missing last weekend's cup tie. Fred Onyedinma is the only guaranteed absentee, though his return isn't far away.

Tranmere are reporting no fresh injury concerns, with Calum Woods now back in full training.

Wycombe will be in their regular blue strip for this fixture.

Man in the Middle
John Busby has shown 63 yellow cards and four red cards in 17 matches in the middle so far.

His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 3-2 defeat at home to Portsmouth last season.


By Adrian Wood


Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). Leave the M6 at Junction 20 then keep left on the westbound M56 signposted North Wales, Chester, Runcorn. Leave the M56 at Junction 15 then join the M53, signposted Ellesmere Port and Birkenhead. Exit M53 at Junction 4 and take the fourth exit from the roundabout onto the B5151 (Mount Road). The ground is signposted from here. Continue for 2.5 miles when Mount Road becomes Storeton Road and turn right into Prenton Road West at the traffic lights. The ground is on the right-hand side after 200 yards.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 197 (approx. journey time in normal traffic conditions 3 hours 15 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is a very large car park at the ground which costs £5 per car per game. Car park tickets can be purchased in advance from the Ticket Office on 0333 014 4452 and online at Beware of a residents parking scheme which is in operation around on many roads around the ground. Further along Borough Road, going past the Kop Stand, is a sports ground which has parking spaces costing £3 per car.

Using the train?
The closest railway stations are Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central, both served by Liverpool Lime Street. Both stations are a fair walk from the ground (15-20 minutes).

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Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 16,587 (all seated). Away fans are housed behind one goal - in the affectionately named Cowshed. This fairly new covered, all seated stand, has good facilities and unhindered views of the playing action and can house up to 2,200 fans. The concourses are of a good size and the acoustics of the stand good, meaning that away fans can really make some noise from inside this stand. The main telephone number is 0333 014 4452. 

Time on your hands?
The Prenton Park Hotel, which is very close to the visiting supporters’ turnstiles, is popular with away fans. A short way along Prenton Park Road is the Birch Tree, which also welcomes visiting fans. Previously called the Mersey Clipper, it has been refurbished and is now part of the Flaming Grill chain. Other hostelries within walking distance are The Sportsman’s Arms on Prenton Road East and The Cock and Pullet on Woodchurch Road (about a 10-minute walk away). There are several take-aways and restaurants nearby. At the ground, outside the Main Stand, the Club have put together a Fan Parke, which visiting supporters are welcome to visit. This has a mix of music, street food, plus a bar. Part of it is housed in a covered indoor marquee.

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Inside the UK & Ireland: Listen live on iFollow (£2.50 for an audio pass, or £4.49 for a monthly pass, or £45 for the season).

Or, of course, enjoy the live broadcast on Sky Sports or your regional equivalent!

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