Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
A place in the Carabao Cup round 2 will be at stake when Tranmere and Harrogate face each other at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon. Tranmere failed to impress in the 2019/20 League One season, and, as a result, they suffered relegation to the League Two. The Rovers are eyeing a quick return to the English third tier, but, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the EFL Cup campaign as well. A man to watch in Michael Jackson’s team will be experienced attacker James Vaughan, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders.
Harrogate, on the other hand, did remarkably well to secure promotion to the League Two. The visitors are brimming with confidence ahead of their Carabao Cup opener, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we predict that Simon Weaver’s men are going to return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Ollie Banks):
Ollie Banks is an English footballer who plays for League One side Tranmere Rovers. The Rotherham local who was born on the 21st of Septemeber, 1992, joined Rotherham United in 2010 and made his professional debut in May 2011 the following season.
Incidentally, his debut game would also mark his first professional goal in football and even his final appearance for The Millers, who released him in 2012. During the next couple of years, Banks played for several Sixth and Seven tier teams before signing a professional contract with Chesterfield FC in September 2013. Banks made over 90 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals and helping them earn promotion to League One at the end of the 13/14 season.
A notable spell at Oldham Athletic succeeded his time at The Spireties before he finally joined Tranmere Rovers in May 2018. The 27-year-old who predominantly plays as a central midfielder is known for his dynamism and versatility.
Highlighted Team (Harrogate):
Harrogate Town is an English club that welcomes their rivals at Wetherby Road. Opened on August 28, 1920, the venue can hold up to 5,000 spectators (500 seated). The club was founded back in 1914, with the Sulphurties facing Horsforth in their first competitive match on August 30, 1919.
Harrogate Town footballers wear yellow and black shirts when playing at home, while pink is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The Sulphurties did well to win the Whitworth Cup in the 1919/20 season, while the club’s biggest success in the FA Cup came in the 2012/13 when they made it to the second round.
Simon Weaver is one of the most notable footballers who played for Harrogate Town in the past. The team’s manager for the 2020/21 season played for several English clubs, and he has been very successful in the coaching job as well.