Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Portsmouth will look to move closer to the playoffs berth when they face Morecambe on Monday afternoon. The Pompey are five points behind top six, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for John Mousinho’s troops. All Ronan Curtis, Jay Mingi, and Zach Swanson miss out with injuries, while Wales midfielder Joe Morrell is banned for the match following his first-half sending-off in a 1-1 draw with MK Dons.
The Shrimps, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their three-game losing run, but given their shaky defence, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. It has to be noted that Morecambe conceded eight goals in total in back-to-back defeats to Barnsley (0-5) and Morecambe (1-3). Defender Ryan Delaney is pushing for a start, with Senegal forward Oumar Niasse eyeing a spot in the starting XI 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.