Walsall v Tranmere

09 August 2010 12:44
Walsall boss Chris Hutchings is looking to bolster his team after selling Troy Deeney, but is unlikely to push any deals through in time for this match.He has a fully-fit squad at his disposal after his side came through their opening match unscathed. [LNB]Tranmere boss Les Parry must decide whether or not to play Ian Thomas-Moore, as the Rovers board will discuss his transfer request on Tuesday. [LNB]Defender Marlon Broomes remains on the sidelines with a knee injury. [LNB][LNB]Tranmere striker Enoch Showunmi told BBC Radio Merseyside: "You look forward to the later rounds, and if we get through against Walsall, we can have the cup as a distraction from the league.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "We looked to get off to a good start against [Oldham] and it was a disappointing defeat. [LNB]"I've been in teams that have lost the first game and have gone on to do well, so hopefully that is something that can happen for us." [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• These clubs have gone head-to-head 62 times; Walsall have won 29, Tranmere 21 and 12 were draws. [LNB]• They have never met in a cup competition. [LNB]• The Saddlers did the double over Rovers last season, but the reverse was the case in the season before last. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on the game Walsall[LNB]• Walsall are hoping to gain a place in the second round of the League Cup for the first time in four years. [LNB]• The 1984 semi-finalists registered their 50th win in the competition in August 2006, when they beat Plymouth 1-0 at Home Park, but they have been unable to add to that since. [LNB]Tranmere[LNB]• Tranmere, runners-up in 2000, reached the second round for the first time in five years by beating Grimsby 4-0 12 months ago. [LNB]• Rovers have lost their last five away matches in the League Cup, and last won on the road in the competition at Hartlepool in September 2001. [LNB]• Les Parry manages Tranmere in a League Cup tie for the first time.

Source: BBC_Sport