League Two play-off Final Preview

Newport County and Tranmere Rovers clash in the League Two play-off final on Saturday.

Both teams caused upsets to get this far, having finished 6th and 7th respectively during the season.

Newport, who have enjoyed big cup runs in recent years which has seen them run the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City close, are embarking on their fourth trip to Wembley in the last 12-years.

And Newport boss Michael Flynn hopes their experience will pay off.

“I think there’s only three players in the squad who haven’t been to Wembley in a playing capacity,” said Flynn.

“We’ve got a very experienced team in regard to that but I’m sure a lot of the Tranmere players have been there as well. It can help in the build up with the pre-match nerves but it’s whoever handles the occasion best when kick-off happens.

“There will be no stone left unturned. We’ll be as prepared as we can be, this week has gone well so far, and we’ll have them ready in peak condition for Saturday.”

Tranmere won the National League play-off last season and they are looking for back-to-back successes.

“It will be a really tough, contested game, it has been every time that we have played Newport, they have done fantastic as well to get to this stage to contest the last place, so great credit to both clubs,” said Rovers boss Micky Mellon.

“We know it’s going to be tough and we know that we’ll have to play well, and Newport will know that they have to as well.”

See below for a preview on the games, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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Newport County 15:00 Tranmere Rovers
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: Newport come into the game with the luxury of a fully fit squad.

Tranmere are without Ishmael Miller, Luke McCullough, Mark Ellis and Evan Gumbs.

KEY FACT: Tranmere are looking for successive play-off wins
MATCH ODDS: Newport 19/10 Draw 2/1 Tranmere 8/5
bet365 Pick: James Norwood first goal @7/2
ANDY SAYS: I think Newport come out on top here…2-0
GRAEME SAYS: Of all three play-off finals I think this is the closest, but I am just going with Newport given their good recent record in big games…2-1

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