While the home side failed to win their last two fixtures of the regular season, Morecambe have prevailed in five of their last six encounters.
Derek Adams and his Morecambe squad will naturally be disappointed that claiming 15 points during a short period of time did not result in automatic promotion to League One.
Nevertheless, Adams will be delighted with the performances of his side, who confirmed fourth position with a 2-0 victory over Bradford City on the final day of the season.
As well as recording three clean sheets in their last four outings, 15 goals have come from their last 540 minutes in the fourth tier of English football.
While things have been heading in an upward trajectory at the Mazuma Stadium, it is all change at Prenton Park, with Dawes having surprisingly been appointed as the club's new boss.
After just 16 points were collected from their closing 13 fixtures, the Tranmere hierarchy decided to dispense with the services of Hill at a pivotal part of the season.
With just one defeat being recorded in five matches, the change in leadership was unexpected, and Dawes must now try to handle the increased pressure on his shoulders.
On a positive note, Tranmere can now call upon leading marksman James Vaughan, who has made just three substitute appearances since the end of February.
In the two matches between these two sides during the regular campaign, the away team prevailed by a 1-0 scoreline.
Having had a week-and-a-half to build his fitness, Vaughan is expected to get the nod ahead of David Nugent in the Tranmere attack.
The appointment of Dawes means that further changes could be made, with Emmanuel Monthe potentially being brought back into the centre of defence.
Much could depend on whether Dawes reverts to a back four with a 3-5-2 formation proving ineffective against Colchester United.
Morecambe remain without Kelvin Mellor, who serves the final game of his three-match suspension.
Tranmere Rovers possible starting lineup:
Murphy; O'Connor, Clarke, Monthe, MacDonald; Lewis, Spearing, Morris; Feeney; Vaughan, Woolery
Morecambe possible starting lineup:
Letheren; Cooney, Knight-Percival, Lavelle, Gibson; Songo'o, Diagouraga; McAlinden, Wildig, Gomes; Stockton
We say: Tranmere Rovers 1-2 Morecambe
Now under a new manager and with the stakes only getting higher, we expect Rovers to deliver an improved performance.
Nevertheless, we cannot ignore Morecambe's recent form, leading us to back a narrow win for the visitors.
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