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Match Preview: Manchester Futsal vs. Tranmere Rovers Futsal

by Nathan Linley

 

It’s time for another action-packed weekend of futsal and Manchester Futsal will host local rivals Tranmere Rovers Futsal Club at the Belle Vue Sports Village with the first of a double header.

The two sides will lock horns tomorrow for the first of two games in a week in the Super League in Manchester where both sides will be looking to pick up the three points.

The home side will go into the game on the back of a good performance away at Reading Escolla last time out after narrowly losing 2-1 to the league leaders.

The Blues have only managed to pick up six points in their last seven games and will be hoping to secure the win to put pressure on teams around them in the league table.

Goalkeeper Marcos Magalhaes will make his return to the first team this weekend after a lengthy suspension, Sergi Saldana has confirmed.

Our head coach is happy that he is returning to the group as well as upbeat about the mouth watering prospect of a local derby in Manchester this weekend.

“We can get the three points if we offer the same performance level as we did against Escolla.   But again, like the last few games, we have players who are unavailable, so we will see how we can compensate for this during the 40 minutes on court.  Also, special mention to Marcos Mag [Magalhaes] he’s coming back after a long suspension.

The visitors currently sit in the relegation zone and are three points from safety and will be keen to get back to winning ways after back to back defeats in their past two matchdays.

Their league position does not tell the whole story for Tranmere this season as they have been competitive in many games, particularly against teams in the top half of the table but have found themselves edged out in those ties, losing by the odd goal.

Last time out, they fell at Prenton Park  to the hands of Loughborough Futsal Club 4-3 and Damon Shaw’s men will be looking to put things right.

 

Players To Watch

 

Jordan Edge – Manchester Futsal Club

 

 

Jordan Edge has been one of Manchester’s most consistent performers in the Super League this season, it is not a surprise why he's had a taste of international futsal in the past 12 months with England.  With 10 goals in 14 appearances for the Blues this season, he is the leading goal scorer for the club and the only player to hit double figures in the goal tally for Manchester.  Considered to be one of the Blues’ most consistent performers, Edge will be keen to kick on from what has been a very good season for Youth Programme graduate.

Sam McGrath – Tranmere Rovers Futsal Club

After being regarded as one of the most underrated players in the Super League, McGrath will be looking to hit the ground running when the game gets underway at Belle Vue tomorrow.  He was one of the best players on the court when the two teams faced each other last time out and grabbed a brace in the process but was unlucky to be on the losing side that day.  He will be one to keep an eye on the Whites as he looks to make a nuisance of himself when he comes up against Sergi Saldana’s men.

The North-West derby will take place tomorrow, Sunday 11th March at Belle Vue and will kick off at 2:30pm, get down and support the Blues in the first of two games against the Whites.