Oxford City vs Tranmere Predictions and Betting Tips: FA Cup Preview
Oxford City vs Tranmere Rovers predictions and betting tips for this week’s FA Cup first round replay, live on BT Sport. National League South team Oxford City will be hoping to shock League Two Tranmere after their 3-3 draw at Prenton Park 10 days ago.
Tranmere needed an 89th minute equaliser in the first tie at Prenton Park.
Oxford City’s Kabongo Tshimanga scored a memorable hat-trick in that game.
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Oxford City vs Tranmere Preview, Team News and Stats
The National League South side were minutes away from getting a result at Prenton Park last weekend, but goal machine James Norwood came to Tranmere’s rescue in the 89th minute. Oxford City will fancy their chances of another upset here when they get Tranmere back to their home patch and we’re expecting goals in this match.
The visitors suffered a 3-2 loss to Crewe at the weekend, halting their good league form where they had climbed up into the League Two play-off places. This will be a tough challenge for Tranmere here and they have a habit of under performing in-front of the TV cameras so it will be interesting to see how they shape in this FA Cup fixture.
The winners of this tie face Southport in the next round and a third round glamour tie will be well within reach for either team.
Oxford City Stats, Form and News
A great run in the FA Cup is masking what has been quite a poor season for Oxford City so far, they sit down in 16th place in the National League South table. One positive for them coming into this match is that they are quite strong at home and that should worry Tranmere. They’ve won seven of their last 10 matches on home soil including two 5-0 FA Cup wins during the qualifying rounds.
Kabongo Tshimanga was their hero in the last round, scoring an unlikely hat-trick at Prenton Park, but it is Matthew Paterson who leads the way in their goalscoring charts with seven to his name.
Tranmere Stats, Form and News
Tranmere were possibly lucky to escape with a draw in the first leg of this tie but they will want to put it to bed early to avoid another tense finish when they contest this replay. The 3-2 loss at Crewe at the weekend halted a good run of form and they’ll want to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.
With a tie against Southport up for grabs in the next round, Tranmere know the third round is in sight so James Norwood and co. will be fired up for this one.
Norwood is the top goalscorer in England’s top four leagues this season and he added to his tally on Saturday at Crewe. Oxford City will be well aware they need to keep his chances down to a minimum if they want to get anything here. Rovers are favourites to win this match at 4/5 with bet365 and manager Micky Mellon will want to make sure there are no more shocks.
Oxford City vs Tranmere Betting Tips
We’re already tipping both teams to score for our main Oxford City vs Tranmere betting tip in this FA Cup clash and another selection has to involve the goal machine that is James Norwood. The striker has scored 13 goals already this season and has taken to League Two like a duck to water following Tranmere’s play-off win at the end of last season.
The odds for James Norwood to score first in this match are 7/2 with bet365 and that’s where we’re going in our Oxford City vs Tranmere betting tips for a first goalscorer here. Norwood has been on fire as you can see from his League Two stats above, he also scored in the first tie between these sides.
Correct Score Prediction – Oxford City 1-2 Tranmere
We don’t think Oxford will make this easy for the League Two team so the last of our Oxford vs Tranmere tips is for a 2-0 away victory.[inline_advert ad=”3″]
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