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Morecambe vs. Notts County: Match build-up


League Two is starting to take shape, with teams eager to maintain a level of consistency. Right now, anyone can beat anyone and Tuesday night should make for an interesting encounter throughout the games scheduled to take place.

The prize for Notts County is not just the ability to take home 3 points but to assure the County faithful that their opening game was just a small blip.

This game is likely to be decided by whoever scores first, and I feel that Morecambe will have to be tidy at the back in order to prevent Notts County from scoring. A lively striker who can gain support will be required if the Magpies are to win this game.


Tuesday 15th August 2023

Doncaster Rovers vs Mansfield Town
Accrington Stanley vs Barrow
Crawley Town vs MK Dons
Grimsby Town vs Salford City
Forest Green Rovers vs Swindon Town
Colchester United vs AFC Wimbledon
Crewe Alexandra vs Newport County
Tranmere Rovers vs Harrogate Town
Sutton United vs Gillingham
Stockport County vs Bradford City
Wrexham vs Walsall


Morecambe demonstrates an impressive level of intensity, although they encounter difficulties when facing opponents with greater speed. In their game against Mansfield, they found control after using the flanks to their advantage. The Shrimps showed great commitment in their defensive efforts, but encountered difficulties when it came to dealing with set pieces and direct runs into their own half. 

Notts County, on the other hand, put pressure on themselves when being forced to play the ball back. If they can be direct, using the centre of the pitch and flanks creatively, Notts County may be able to create chances that Morecambe may struggle with. I think a draw is highly likely.

1-1 would be my prediction for the game.

Match Odds

Morecambe to win 3/1 – Draw 14/5 – Notts County to win 3/4

Head to Head

Morecambe – Morecambe currently have 3 points after winning their opening game against Walsall, yet lost to Mansfield. They currently sit 14th and are in a similar situation to Notts County but remain ahead as of now due to goal difference.

Notts County – A win could help Notts County relax as they could shoot up the league depending on the results. Luke Williams' side will be mindful of their opening defeat against Sutton United away from home in their opening game but this would give the Magpies' the chance to correct this.

Key Man

Morecambe; Michael Mellon – He will be vital within their procession and attacking play, I feel he will offer the most outlet for Morecambe and Notts County must keep him quiet throughout the game.

Notts County; David McGoldrick – I genuinely believe he will be the difference in this game, with his experience. We need someone who can mix play, by both defending and offering assistance with advanced play. For me, an eager David McGoldrick is exactly what we need.

League Table

Bradford City have the chance to really kick-start their season, provided that they can beat Stockport County who have struggled so far.

The Accrington Stanley game against Barrow will be an interesting outcome, as both teams will want to win. With the home team sitting 8th currently, and Barrow 2nd in the league.

Crawley Town have the chance to upset league leaders MK Dons, who are tipped for automatic promotion this season. It will be a difficult game for Crawley, as MK Dons have a very attacking-minded team. Gillingham has the opportunity to do Notts County a favour if they can beat Sutton United. 3rd place vs 7th place, a mutual may prefer a draw but a win for Gillingham in my eyes would be the preferred outcome.

Salford City travel to Grimsby, which may see the Mariners' move away from the bottom half of the table.

It's very early days, with everyone fighting to get those vital 3 points.

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its a good insight into the game, i think we need to be really on the game tonight but its going to be tight. i think morecambe will try to defend much more determined after their defeat to mansfield. i cant see them making it easy, but our midfield is blessed with so much quality that we have to create chances.

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Langstaff's scoring proficiency last season was nothing short of heroic. Let's hope he gets a goal soon, as he's a totally different striker once he gets on the score sheet and his determination to assist the team is notable. Fingers crossed from him tonight!

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League Two may be taking shape, but it's still early days. Momentum can shift quickly, and we've seen teams claw back from defeat in the past. While a win is not imperative at this point, it would certainly boost morale for Notts and settle the initial jitters they might have.

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I hope it's not a draw, but I must admit it has that outcome all over. I hope we can start positively because when we do, Notts often control the game and handle the opposition much better. Morecambe won't be any pushovers, but we have the quality to test them, so hopefully defensively we are robust enough to handle them.

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It would be a positive outcome to secure the win away from home and improve our overall league position. I don't know what to expect from Morecambe, but I do think if Notts approaches the game in the right way, a good result will come.

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I completely agree that it's anybody's game currently. Notts definitely have the potential to bounce back and this match could provide the perfect opportunity for them to do so. It's quintessential, however, that they take their lessons from the opening defeat and incorporate the necessary changes. If they can maintain strong defensive play but be more aggressive in their offence, we just might see a revival tonight.

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Notts must shift away from the notion that 'anybody' can win and strive for consistency. Achieving this would bring significant relief and advantages to the squad's future. I do realize that none of the teams may have found their best form yet, but such circumstances can always change. My point is that we need to be better prepared.

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So far, if we were aiming for a point, you would be content, but we haven't quite challenged them sufficiently. I would concur that Meller and McGoldrick are the pivotal players for the two teams.

I would say the gaffer's analysis and decisions regarding the game have been accurate, and it does seem likely to conclude in a draw unless someone can step up. I have concerns that they might take the lead and then adopt a defensive stance. A 1-1 scoreline could be a plausible outcome. Come on Notts!

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