The Opposition: Morecambe v Notts County

Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz. Picture: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport''Football
Notts County manager Ricardo Moniz. Picture: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport''Football

Morecambe host a new-look Notts County on Saturday with the Magpies looking to bounce straight back to League 1.

Manager

Ricardo Moniz

Dutchman was a surprise choice when he took over in April and initially failed to keep the Magpies in League 1. The 51-year-old was a coach under Martin Jol at Tottenham and has since had managerial spells with Ferencváros, Red Bull Salzburg and 1860 München. Has signed an almost entirely new squad this summer in a bid to bounce back at the first attempt.

Key Man

Izale McLeod

In a period where Moniz has overhauled the County squad former MK Dons man is seen as missing link in front of goal. Was unveiled to the crowd at half-time of the Accrington Stanley game on Saturday after joining from Crawley for an undisclosed six-figure fee and made his debut at Aston Villa on Tuesday night. The 30-year-old scored 21 goals in League 1 last year as Crawley were relegated. The Magpies also have experienced front man Jon Stead to call on in attack.

Form

Like The Shrimps, Magpies have four points from their opening four games. Won 2-0 on the opening day at Stevenage but are without a win in their last three league games. Drew 1-1 at home to Accrington on Saturday with Matt Crooks scoring a late leveller for Stanley. Made headlines on Tuesday night as they took Aston Villa to extra-time in the Capital One Cup before a 5-3 defeat.

History

Six meetings between the sides in Morecambe’s first three years in the Football League ended with two wins for each side and two draws. Meeting at Christie Park back in 2009, a 2-1 win for The Shrimps, was infamously Sol Campbell’s one and only appearance for the Magpies when Sven-Göran Eriksson was the director of football at Meadow Lane.

Possible line-up

Carroll, Audel, Amevor, Sprockel, Hewitt, Snijders, Campbell, Swerts, Burke, Stead, McLeod.

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