Colchester United vs Tranmere Rovers preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Above: Colchester United striker Frank Nouble (Source: Lewis Storey, Getty Images)

Colchester United will host Tranmere Rovers this coming Tuesday at 19:00 GMT, as the U's look for their first win in five as they face the prospect of relegation.

Wayne Brown's side have won just one in their last 20, and currently sit 23rd in the form table. Colchester only score 0.9 goals per game, which is the 21st worst in the division.

Automatic promotion-chasing Tranmere, on the other hand, are having a much better season, sitting level on points with third-place Forest Green Rovers. The Superwhites have been victorious in six of their previous ten games and haven't been beaten by Colchester since 2012. 

  • Team news

Tom Lapslie and Omar Sowunmi may face a late fitness test in an attempt to find their way back into the squad.

Callum Harriott and Kwame Poku have both been selected for international duty, and therefore, will be unavailable.

Meanwhile, with the visitors, Mark Ellis and George Ray will both be missing from the backline. This will potentially hand Manny Monthe a chance.

James Vaughan will be returning to fitness and hoping to muster his way onto the Rovers bench.

  • Predicted lineups

Colchester United: George; Welch-Hayes, Eastman, Smith, Clampin, Sarpong-Wiredu, Chilvers, Stevenson, Pell, Nouble, Senior.

Tranmere Rovers: Davies; Khan, Clarke, Monthe, Macdonald, O'Connor, Spearing, Morris, Feeney, Woolery, Nugent.

  • Ones to watch

Ben Stevenson

Former Wolves midfielder Stevenson will have a point to prove on Tuesday.

The 23-year old has notched two goals and two assists so far this season, but with the creative likes of Harriott and Poku missing, Stevenson will be expected to step up and help out the likes of Frank Nouble to steal the three points.

Liam Feeney

Once a regular in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers, Feeney now plies his trade in League Two- helping Tranmere strive for promotion.

Now 34 years old, Feeney has managed three goals and seven assists this campaign, but with Vaughan missing he'll be looking to help David Nugent with the goals up top.

  • Previous meeting

This is the first time these two sides are facing this season but last braced one another in 2019, when goals from James Norwood and David Perkins helped guide Tranmere to a 2-0 victory in their promotion season from League Two.

  • How to watch

The match is available on iFollow via Colchester or Tranmere's respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom.

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