TRANMERE Rovers play arguably their biggest game of the season this evening when Micky Mellon's second-placed side play host to league leaders Macclesfield Town at Prenton Park (7.45pm kick-off).

After a 1-0 win over Bromley last Saturday elevated Rovers into second place, this fixture, which was already an important one, has been given some added spice.

Tranmere are four points behind John Askey's Macclesfield side who have had a fantastic season so far and are the surprise package in the National League.

Both sides have very similar form going into this game.

Rovers have lost just once in their last 14 league matches, a 5-2 loss at AFC Fylde on New Year's Day.

Macc have lost just once in their last 15, coincidentally also a heavy loss at AFC Fylde when they lost 6-0.

Before the reverse fixture at the Moss Rose in November, Rovers were sitting in the bottom half of the league table, a lowly 15th.

A 2-2 draw on that evening set the team on its way to better results and the rise in league standing which now sets up a vitally important clash for the top two teams in the division.

And so under the floodlights at Prenton Park, with an expected bumper crowd in attendance, it should be a fantastic atmosphere at the ground where Rovers have won in each of their last nine league outings.

Night matches at Prenton Park have a certain special aura about them.

There’s something about games under the lights which changes the atmosphere and has produced some memorable moments in the past.

None more so than 17 years ago to the day, when John Aldridge's Tranmere side came from 3-0 down to defeat Premier League Southampton to produce an unbelievable FA Cup comeback to win 4-3 with Stuart Barlow netting a late winner.

If tonight's game is anything like that, then we’ll be in for something special in a top of the table clash which could define Rovers’ season.