Second place in City sights. Tranmere match preview.

Last updated : 14 March 2003 By Michael Morris
It's the 4th time this season the teams have met. Tranmere are said to be a far better side now than when City beat them in the league and FA Cup in October and November 2002.

A draw against Wigan last week and a win over Crewe will testify that Tranmere are doing well. They sit 1 place and 2 points off the play offs. A win over City would close the gap on the Bluebirds to only 5 points. Cardiff cannot let themselevs come under such pressure.

City's history with Tranmere has been fairly rare. Previous to the 6 encounters over the last two seasons the teams have only ever met 6 other times in the past.

The main threat will come from former City player Simon Haworth (seen here scoring against us in the cup).

Cardiff welcome Steve Jenkins back into the squad after his incident at Stockport two weeks ago. He could come in at right back and Gary Croft move back to the left side of defence. Then Lennie would have to drop either Barker, Young or Prior in the centre. Team news will follow later in the day.

It's a big day for Alan Mahon, going back to his former club. The City winger is expected to keep his place as Lennie weighs up a 4 - 4 - 2 or 4 - 3 - 3 formation. I would expect a 4 - 3 - 3 with Mahon wide left but Gavin Gordon may feel he should get his place back after coming off the bench against Notts County last week.

Kick off is at 7:45pm tonight (a crazy decision that will cost Tranmere as several hundred City fans will be unable to get time off work to make the game).

City have the chance to put pressure on the promotion hopefuls and at the same time move into second place. The Bluebirds need a confidence boosting win as we go into next week with two home games in 4 days.

City have not lost a 7:45pm kick off in the league this season. With the next three games all starting at 7:45pm lets hope we can bag some much needed points and that the team can impress, especially at home next week.