Match Preview: Morecambe vs Crewe Alexandra
This evening we travel to Morecambe`s Globe Arena. So far this season, they have beaten Cheltenham Town, Newport County, Chesterfield and Wycombe Wanderers whilst they have drawn against Lincoln City, Cambridge United, Yeovil Town, Luton Town, Grimsby Town and Colchester United. Morecambe have lost to Swindon Town, Accrington Stanley, Notts County, Stevenage, Exeter City, Crawley Town, Port Vale and Forest Green Rovers.
In cup competitions, Morecambe travel to Shrewsbury in the second round of the FA Cup following a victory of Hartlepool United, lost 4-3 at Barnsley in the opening round of the EFL Cup and recorded a penalty victory over Leicester City`s Under-21 team after 2 defeats to Carlisle United and Fleetwood Town in the EFL Trophy.
During the summer, they have made 8 permanent signings with defenders Patrick Brough, Steven Old and Sam Lavelle join from Carlisle United, GAIS from Gothenburg and Bolton Wanderers respectively. They have strengthened their forward options by signing Adam Campbell, Garry Thompson, Reece Deakin, Adam McGurk and former Alex striker Vadaine Oliver.
They have also made 4 loan signings with central midfielder Elliot Osbourne (formerly of Nantwich Town) from Fleetwood Town, Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Max Muller and Wigan Athletic forward Callum Lang, all until January, as well as right-back Mitchell Lund who is on a season-long loan from Doncaster Rovers.
Crewe Alexandra Team News:
Crewe will be missing defenders George Ray (back) and Michael Raynes (groin) as well as midfielders James Jones (pelvis), Tom Lowery (hamstring) and Ryan Wintle (fractured tibia).
Morecambe Team News:
There are no new injury worries for Jim Bentley for tonight`s game but he`ll be missing forward Reece Deakin (broken leg) and defender Dean Winnard (Achilles) who have both been out for a number of weeks.
Last Time Out:
Morecambe 0-0 Crewe Alexandra, 2nd January 2017
Last season`s corresponding fixture at the Globe Arena saw the last goal-less draw that Crewe obtained on the road in the first game of the year as the visitors were looking for a league double after their victory at the Alexandra Stadium earlier in the season.
Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Davis, Guthrie, Bakayago; Kirk (Ainley 81), Jones, Bingham, Cooper; Dagnall, Kiwomya
Looking back through the archives, the 2 clubs have met 8 times with Crewe leading the head-to-head having 4 wins to 3 with only 1 draw. The biggest win for either side has been by the single goal with each of the Alex`s victories having been 2-1 (the first meeting which Morecambe won was also 2-1 at the Alexandra Stadium in November 2009).