Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Derby County will be aiming to extend their winning run to six games when they take on Morecambe in the League One round 30. The Rams were eliminated by West Ham United in the FA Cup last 32 at the weekend, meaning that they will be fully focused on the league in the remainder of the season. Experienced forward David McGoldrick returns to the starting XI after he was rested in the defeat to West Ham, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Shrimps, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a heavy 4-0 loss to Ipswich Town, with the team rolling over Bristol Rovers 5-1 at the weekend. Morecambe are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but given their poor away record (1-4-8) in the 2022/2023 season, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. Barring any injury issues, Derek Adams is unlikely to make changes to the team that outclassed the Pirates.
Highlighted Player (Richard Stearman):
Born in Wolverhampton, England on August 19, 1987 Richard Stearman is a defender who represented the Three Lions at youth level. Stearman has four caps for England U21 team and he played nine games for the under-17 squad as well.
The 191-cm-tall footballer is a product of Leicester City football academy and he made his first-team debut with the club on October 30, 2004 in a goalless draw with Cardiff City. The English defender scored five goals in 211 appearances in the league for the Foxes before joining Wolverhampton in the summer of 2008.
He signed a four-year deal with the Wolves and he made his debut for the club on August 9, 2008 in a 2-2 draw with Plymouth. From 2015 to 2017 he played for Fulham and at the end of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign he joined Sheffield United. Richard Sterman’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a right-back as well.
Highlighted Team (Morecambe):
Based in Lancashire, England, Morecambe are a professional club that compete in the League 2. The Shrimps were founded in 1920, and they welcome their home rivals at Globe Arena. The venue, which was opened in August, 2010, can hold up to 6,476 people.
Morecambe wear red shirts and red shorts when playing in front of home fans, while yellow is the dominant colour of their away kit. Fellow Lancashire-based club Accrington Stanley are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals. The Shrimps have rivalries with the likes of Lancaster City, Fleetwood Town, Barrow, Kendal Town, and Southport as well.
In 1974 Morecambe won the FA Trophy as they defeated Dartford 2-1 in the title game, and 14 years later they lifted the Conference League Cup trophy. The Shrimps secured promotion into the Football League with a 2-1 win over Exeter City in the 2007 play-offs final.