Grimsby Town vs Tranmere by Hassy

Grimsby and Tranmere were the two pre-season favourites to win the National League and although both currently sit just outside the play offs at the moment they wont be too far away when the honours are handed out in May. The Mariners had some excellent pre-season performances and results, although seven points from three matches was swiftly followed by a run of four games without a win. I would like to back the hosts to win this game outright but they have let me down twice already this season and I am currently in a terrible rut of form so won't take the risk tonight.


It definitely appears that Paul Hurst’s team have got back into the groove after seven from their last three and Grimsby are full of goals on home soil, having enjoyed no less than three 4-1 victories already. The Mariners are the leagues current top scorers with 22 goals scored, at an average of 3 goals per home game. Omar Bogle has adapted well to this division and could well end up top of the scoring charts, while Padraig Amond is a fine strike partner to have and the pair should make life difficult for a Tranmere side who are still finding their feet.


It is at the other end where Grimsby are falling down. They have shipped in 14 goals from 10 league game, 7 of those goals conceded at home.


There are no fresh injury concerns for Town, with Scott Brown and Josh Sunter the only two remaining absentees in the squad. That means that that winger Marcus Marshall is back in contention for a place after missing the last two games due to a back problem. Former Lincoln City striker Ben Tomlinson signed on a month's loan from Barnet earlier in the day and he is also set to go straight into the squad for Friday's fixture.


Rovers also had a bright start to the campaign and a 4-1 win at Gateshead was eye-catching, although the next four away matches haven’t resulted in a victory.


Gary Brabin’s team were quickly 2-0 down at Southport on Tuesday before rallying to land a draw although they will be facing better opposition this evening and a similarly slow start will spell trouble. The Wirral side do have a decent attacking weaponry however. James Norwood has scored in each of his past two games, with Andy Mangan bringing plenty of quality to this team and Rovers have scored in each of their past five games. Tranmere Rovers have scored in all but one of their aways games (4/5) and average just shy of two goals for every away game so far this season. A futher boost to add to their belief that they can score tonight is the fact the Grimsby have conceded a goal in all of their home games so far this season.


80% of both of these two club's games have seen both teams score (14/20). As a result it makes perfect sense to back BTTS. I will also have a side bet on Over 2.5 goals because his has happened in four of Grimsby’s home matches.

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Both Teams to Score Bet365 1.80 9 1-1 WON (+7.2 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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