The Shrimps looking to bounce back from defeat at Shrewsbury
Morecambe will be hoping for home comforts at the Globe Arena on Boxing Day, with a bumper crowd expected for the League Two clash against a Carlisle side looking for consecutive victories.
Jim Bentley’s side have won their past two home matches and leading bookmaker bet365 offer odds of 6/4 that Morecambe claim another win in front of their own supporters.
With a return of 30 points from 21 games played this term, the play-offs are a realistic aim for the Shrimps, although a lack of goals has cost them dear, with just 23 goals managed this term.
Carlisle arrive with work on their hands to ensure they remain in League Two this season, with Keith Curle hoping to steer the Blues away from the drop zone and it was a welcome 2-1 win against Northampton which ended a three-match losing run.
Curle badly needs to address the Cumbrian’s lousy away form which has seen them lose eight of the ten road matches so far this season, although it’s worth keeping an eye out for midfielder Brad Potts.
Potts has scored seven goals for United this season and two of those have come in the last three games, with Paddy Power offering an eye-catching 20/1 that he finds the net first in this game.
Morecambe will be hoping to pour further misery on Carlisle when it comes to away games, with Kevin Ellison the team’s leading scorer with eight goals this season.
Bet365 offer 13/2 that the veteran forward breaks the deadlock, with the Shrimps likely to serve it up to opponents who are certainly lacking confidence away from home and would probably take a point from this clash.
Therefore, the most likely win for Morecambe could come by the odd goal or two, with Coral offering 17/2 that this happens, although Carlisle fans can back the same winning scoreline for their team at 9/1 with BetVictor.
All odds were correct at time of posting.