Betting: Morecambe v Crewe

MORECAMBE will not have good memories of last season’s two clashes with Saturday’s opponents Crewe having lost both encounters via 2-1 scorelines, so they’ll be hoping for a more acceptable outcome when welcoming the Railwaymen to the Globe Arena where Jim Bentley’s men are installed as Star Sports’ 8/11 favourites.

However, given that both sides managed a maximum of just one goal in each of their last two competitive outings, few punters are anticipating a goalfest. Not surprisingly, the match draw, quoted at 11/4 (bet365), has proved particularly popular.

The sides have now met four times in their history – all since 2009 – where the Shrimps recorded their own double prior to last season, courtesy of both meetings being settled by a single goal.

Those folk who see a repeat this time around may take Paddy Power’s 5/2 on show for Bentley’s side to triumph by another one-goal margin, though more precise punters can get 7/1 about a 2-1 home win (Totesport), and 25/1 for a 3-2 outcome (Boylesports).

Punters who also envisage a tight affair may instead opt for Bwin’s 5/4 against the opening period ending with honours even and 13/2 about it finishing 1-1 (Victor Chandler), but those who suspect Morecambe can claim all three points following a level first period can get 7/2 (Sportingbet).

Interestingly, the home side have also record nine more points than their rivals in the second half, bringing odds of evens for them to win the second half alone into the equation, while odds-on players may want to steam into Star Sports’ 4/7 for Morecambe to net the final goal of the game – Laurence Wilson is 7/2 to score at anytime at Boylesports.

Confident investors who see nothing but a comfortable home victory, however, Crewe have now conceded more on the road than they scored, may envisage the visitors still losing the match despite receiving a two-goal start at 11/2 (Sportingbet).

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