Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers betting tips: League Two play-off final preview & predictions

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Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers prediction: Newport County 2-1 Tranmere Rovers

Which side will make it into League One?

Both of these sides upset the odds in the semi-finals to make this final.

In fact, it is sixth against seventh, the first time that has happened since 2013.

Who will be celebrating at Wembley?

Highlights of Tranmere Rovers vs Forest Green Rovers

Highlights of Newport County vs Mansfield Town

Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers: Who will win?

Newport are the underdogs at 2/1 to win this final in 90 minutes.

Tranmere are big favourites at 29/20 to be victorious in normal time.

A draw, which would force extra time, is 21/10.

Either team to win on penalties is 11/1.

Both teams to score is 11/10.

Newport to lift the trophy is 11/10 and Tranmere are 4/6 to secure another promotion.

James Norwood won the Golden Boot in League 2 this season, he’s scored 32 goals this season. He is 7/2 to score first and 7/5 to add to his tally at Wembley.

Pádraig Amond has scored 23 goals for Newport this season. He is 5/1 to score first and 2/1 to net anytime.

Jamille Matt has 20 goals to his name during this campaign. He’s also 5/1 to score first and also 2/1 to net anytime.

Newport County vs Tranmere Rovers: Match preview

Can Tranmere Rovers secure another promotion?

Just 12 months ago, Micky Mellon’s side beat Boreham Wood 2-1 at Wembley in the National League play-off final.

Now they’re looking to secure back to back promotions.

After finishing sixth in the table, they took on Forest Green Rovers in the play-offs.

In the first leg at Prenton Park, Oli Banks scored the only goal of the game.

Then, in the second leg at The New Lawn, Forest Green took the lead early on to level up the tie.

However, Rovers’ top scorer James Norwood equalised and the tie finished 2-1.

Only 18 teams have achieved back to back promotions in England in the last 27 years.

Can Tranmere achieve this very tough feat?

Will Newport County be triumphant at Wembley?

As for Newport County, they finished just two points behind Tranmere.

But, for a side to have reached the final having finished seventh, is a rarity.

The Exiles took on a Mansfield side who only missed out on automatic promotion on the last day.

Newport fell behind early on at Rodney Parade in the first leg before Pádraig Amond scored from the rebound of a penalty.

1-1 it finished.

Somehow, despite there being a gluttony of chances, the game at Field Mill finished scoreless.

It was to all be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

The first 5 penalties were all scored before Joe Day stopped Mansfield’s third spot-kick.

Matthew Dolan stepped up and scored the fifth penalty to send Newport County to Wembley.

Cue scenes in the away end behind the goal.

Newport have not been in the third tier since 1987.

Will Mie Flynn lead them back there?

Tranmere Rovers team news vs Newport County

As usual, Micky Mellon’s side will line-up in a 4-1-4-1. formation.

It’s expected to be an unchanged side from the one that started both play-off matches.

Scott Davies will be in goal.

He kept 19 clean sheets in the regular season and that saw him win the League Two Golden Glove.

The back 4 of Jake Caprice, Sid Nelson, Manny Monthe and Liam Ridehalgh is settled.

Between them they’ve made 162 appearances this season from Tranmere’s 54 games.

Ollie Banks, scorer of the only goal in the first leg against Forest Green, will anchor the midfield.

Connor Jennings has 10 goals and 12 assists to his name this season so will be a threat.

However, their main man is James Norwood.

His 32 goals this season is the joint most from any player in England’s top 4 divisions, level with Sergio Agüero.

Will he add another in their biggest game of the season?

Newport County team news vs Tranmere Rovers

Mike Flynn picked a back three for them home leg against Mansfield before uncharacteristically switching to a back four for the second leg.

The Exiles have used a back three in 69% of their 61 matches this season so are likely to go with that in their biggest match of the season.

Joe Day will be in goal looking to add to his 21 clean sheets this season.

Manchester United loanee Regan Poole was pushed into a right-back position in their last match.

However, he’s expected to be in his more familiar centre-back role alongside Mickey Demetriou and Mark O’Brien.

Dan Butler will shift forward from left-back to left wing-back with Robbie Willmott switching from a left-wing position over to right wing-back.

Flynn has some decisions to make in midfield.

Josh Sheehan and Scot Bennett appear to be the guaranteed starters.

The other spot will be filled by either Joss Labadie or Matthew Dolan with the latter the more likely to get the nod.

One main benefit of using three at the back is it allows Newport to have two out and out centre forwards.

Jamille Matt and Pádraig Amond have 20 and 23 goals to their names respectively this season.

Will they fire Newport into League 1?

Predicted Tranmere Rovers line-up vs Newport County

Predicted Tranmere Rovers line-up vs Newport County

Predicted Tranmere Rovers line-up vs Newport County.

Predicted Newport County line-up vs Tranmere Rovers

Predicted Newport County line-up vs Tranmere Rovers

Predicted Newport County line-up vs Tranmere Rovers.

The latest tweets from Tranmere Rovers pre Newport County

The latest tweets from Newport County pre Tranmere Rovers

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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