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Tranmere Rovers will be hoping to bring success to their humble home at Prenton Park which is overshadowed by their giant neighbours Liverpool and Everton. Photo By Samslipknot (Wiki Commons) [CC License]
  • Tranmere slightly favored to reach League One
  • County hope for more good times
  • Both teams are Wembley regulars Bovada

Tranmere Rovers will be hoping to win promotion at Wembley Stadium for the second season in succession when they face Newport County in the EFL League Two Playoff final on Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 am EST at Wembley Stadium.

EFL League Two Playoff Final Odds

Team Spread Win Total Odds to Lift Trophy at
Bovada
Newport County 0.0 (+110) +200 O2.0 (-130) EVEN
Tranmere Rovers 0.0 (-140) +140 U 2.0 (EVEN) -125
Draw N/A +205 N/A N/A

*Odds taken at 05/22/2019

After winning there in May last year to gain promotion from the lower tier National League back into the Football League, they are narrow favorites at -125 with Bovada to make it a double.

But the odds are tight with the Welsh side Newport at even-money. A tight game is expected. So a win by Tranmere at the end of normal time looks inviting at +140.

Around 20,000 supporters will be at the game from Tranmere, a small club who are in the shadow of their neighboring giants on Merseyside, Liverpool and Everton.

Like Rovers, Newport have faced financial troubles and have previously dropped out of the EFL during an embattled history.

Now, with both teams enjoying better times, they will also take around 20,000 supporters to London.

Dramatic Finals in Store

The League Two playoff final is the beginning of a showpiece three days of EFL promotion shoot-outs at Wembley which are often among the most dramatic days in the English football calendar.

In the regular season, Tranmere finished in sixth place to claim their entry to the playoff. Newport were seventh.

The teams in the first three places win automatic promotion. The four below then contest the final place available in League One.

Tranmere defeated Forest Green Rovers 1-0 in the semifinal first leg at home and then secured their place at Wembley with a 1-1 away draw.

Rovers’ form at the end of the regular season was patchy. They lost twice and drew twice in their final four matches.

Newport were held 1-1 at home in their first leg by Mansfield Town. The second leg was even more intense and finished 0-0 after extra-time. Newport then won the ensuing penalty shoot-out 5-3.

Rovers’ form at the end of the regular season was patchy. They lost twice and drew twice in their final four matches.

They are likely to rely heavily on forward James Norwood. He is the leading goalscorer in League Two this season with 30 goals. He scored the equaliser in the second leg against Forest Green which earned his team’s place in the final.

Padraig Amond is Newport’s leading goal-getter with 15. He scored in the first leg of the semifinal against Mansfield.

County Had Impressive Run-In

Their form during the run-in to the regular season was more impressive than Tranmere’s.

They enjoyed a 10-match unbeaten run to ensure their place in the playoffs – winning six times and drawing on four occasions.

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Both teams have become familiar with the imposing surroundings of Wembley in recent times despite being small clubs.

Tranmere beat Borehamwood there in last season’s non-league National League playoff final. They were beaten there a year earlier in the National League playoff final by Forest Green.

Newport returned to EFL by winning the National League promotion playoff final against fellow Welshmen Wrexham.

Newport lost the 2012 non-league FA Trophy cup competition final at Wembley against York City.

A year later they returned to EFL by winning the National League promotion playoff final against fellow Welshmen Wrexham.

In 2018, they played at Wembley against EPL giants Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

Famous Draw Against Tottenham

Spurs were using the stadium as a temprorary home. After a famous 1-1 draw at their own Rodney Parade home, Newport lost the fourth round replay 2-0.

Rovers’ manager Mickey Mellon is a former player for the club. He made 54 appearances for them between 1997 and 1999. Newport’s manager Mike Flynn played for the club in four different spells.

Pick: Tranmere Rovers Win +140