Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Lincoln City and Wycombe Wanderers, Burton Albion did well to beat Rochdale 3-1 at their Pirelli Stadium. The Brewers take on Tranmere Rovers on Boxing Day in yet another home fixture, and a win over the Whites will see them move a little closer to the play-offs berth. Tranmere continue with their habit of performing much better at home than on the travels, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to Fleetwood Town and Lincoln City in the previous two away games in the league.
The relegation strugglers face a difficult task in the Boxing Day showdown, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Burton Albion’s party at Pirelli Stadium. In the first half of the season, the Whites defeated the Brewers at Prenton Park, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Liam Boyce):
Liam Boyce is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Burton Albion in the League One. Boyce was born in Belfast on April 8, 1991 and he started his senior career at Cliftonville.
The 184-cm tall attacker played for the likes of Werder Bremen II and Ross County as well before becoming Burton Albion’s record signing in the 2017 summer transfer window.Liam Boyce missed almost entire 2017/2018 season through a serious knee injury, returning to action on February 3, 2018. Speaking of his international career, Boyce made his Northern Ireland debut against Scotland on February 9, 2011, coming as a substitute for Niall McGinn.
Six years later, on June 2, 2017, he scored his first goal for the Northern Ireland national team in a 1-0 win over New Zealand. Liam Boyce’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a second striker as well.
Highlighted Team (Tranmere):
Based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, Tranmere Rovers are a professional club that compete in the League One. Tranmere were founded back in 1884 under the name of Belmont FC, with the football arms of cricket clubs Lyndhurst Wanderers and Belmont coming together. The club recorded their first win later in 1884 as they outclassed Brunswick Rovers 4-0.
Nowadays Tranmere Rovers play their home games at Prenton Park, the venue which can hold up to 15,567 people. The Rovers wear white shirts and blue shorts in home matches, but back in the 19th century orange and red were the dominating colours on their kit.
Tranmere fans see Bolton Wanderers as the club’s main rivals, but they have built a small rivalry with Chester City and Everton as well. The Prenton Park outfit did well to make it to the League Cup final in the 1993/1994 season, but Aston Villa proved to be a big catch for them in the title game.