Tranmere Rovers vs Colchester United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news, officiating and ones to watch
Above: Tranmere goalkeeper Ross Doohan, who has impressed since joining from Celtic. (Photo taken by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Tranmere Rovers will look to break into the Sky Bet League Two play-offs against a tough Colchester United side this coming Friday, at 19:45 BST.

Micky Mellon's side currently sit in ninth position, only ajar from the play-offs on goal difference alongside three other teams.

With four wins from their previous five, Tranmere look difficult to breakdown right now, especially as Rovers currently lead the league in clean sheets. 

The travelling U's on the other hand currently rest in 18th position, with their last league victory coming nearly a month ago.

Colchester have currently created the least amount of big chances in the entire division, which stems to the route of their problems in a lack of scoring.

Team news

Mellon will have defender Calum MacDonald back available after serving his suspension following his dismissal against Forest Green Rovers.

Lee O'Connor will be absent due to international duty, but Mellon confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of Friday.

Colchester will not risk Miles Welch-Hayes after the defender suffered a hamstring setback warming up for the U's Papa John's Trophy match against Gillingham

Tommy Smith and Armando Dobra will both also be missing, representing their countries in the upcoming round of fixtures.

Predicted lineups

Tranmere Rovers: Doohan; Cogley, Davies, Clarke, Merrie, McManaman, Foley, Spearing, Morris, Hawkes, Nevitt

Colchester United: George; Coxe, Chambers, Eastman, Daniels, Skuse, Judge, Sears, Sarpong-Wiredu, Chilvers, Nouble

Ones to watch

Kieron Morris

A tremendously versatile midfielder who is proven in defensive, winger and attacking roles, Morris is a prime player in this Tranmere team.

With two goals and two assists already this campaign, Morris averages a rating of 7.08. The 27-year old is fast revealing himself as a fan favourite, having made over 100 appearances for the club and establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

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Freddie Sears

It might take a while for Colchester fans to accept a former Ipswich Town stalwart, but Sears is making it much easier for them.

With three goals and an assist already this campaign, Sears can act on either wing, behind the striker or in the primary forward role. With his darting pace and powerful strike, Sears will look to bolster the Colchester attacking stats this season, and to blemish Tranmere's clean sheet lead.

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Officiating

Referee: James Oldham

Assistant referees: Steve Rushton and Anthony Moore

Fourth official: Paul Graham

Previous meeting

These two sides failed to defeat one another last season, drawing 2-2 and 0-0 in the space on two months. 

Ignoring the goalless draw, last time out it was a much more entertaining fixture after goals from Harry Pell and Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu gave Colchester a two goa lead. However, goals from Danny Lloyd and Jay Spearing masterminded an inspiring comeback from Tranmere.

How to watch

This game is a 19:45 BST kick-off, but unfortunately cannot be watched in the UK. However, it can be watched internationally through the clubs' streaming services on their website. Tickets are also still available for the match, however pay on the gate is not permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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