Stevenage v Tranmere preview
Last Updated: 03/08/18 4:40pm
Stevenage could hand out a host of competitive debuts as they start their Sky Bet League Two campaign at home to promoted Tranmere on Saturday.
Manager Dino Maamria has been busy in his first transfer window as Boro manager, bringing in no fewer than 13 new faces. Midfielder Donovan Makoma is the latest acquisition, having joined from Barrow last Friday.
Other new signings in line for their debuts include Jamal Campbell-Ryce, James Ball, Paul Farnan and Ben Nugent.
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Tranmere return to the Football League for the first time in three years. Micky Mellon could hand a second debut to striker Cole Stockton, who rejoined from Carlisle earlier this week. Stockton is one of 10 summer recruits for Rovers as the likes of Ollie Banks, Zoumana Bakayogo and Liverpool loanee Shamal George push for their debuts this weekend.
Mellon does go into the game with a number of injury doubts as Adam Buxton (hernia), Evan Gumbs (leg) and Liam Ridehalgh (knee) all look set to miss the opening game of the campaign.
In eight meetings between Stevenage and Tranmere in the top four tiers of English football, Stevenage have only lost on two occasions (W2 D4).
Stevenage are undefeated at home against Tranmere in the Football League, winning two and drawing two.
Tranmere have only failed to score on one previous occasion against Stevenage in the Football League (0-0 in September 2013).
Stevenage have won only one of their eight opening day fixtures since being promoted into the Football League (D4 L3) despite all of those games being at home.
Tranmere have lost each of their last five away games on the first day of the season in the EFL.