The Shrimps can cause another cup upset by turning over Coventry at the Rocoh.
Coventry v Morecambe - Tuesday 19:45
The FA Cup can provide a source of escapism for unfancied teams dealing with problems behind the scenes and Morecambe might be worth chancing to cause an upset at the Ricoh on the back of a turbulent ten days in which the players were paid late, leading to the departure of Tom Barkhuizen. Take the 13/2 about the away win.
Jim Bentley has a remarkable track record for causing upsets at this sort of price and while he and his players have every cause to feel disgruntled by their treatment of late, they can use this competition as a show window to highlight their problems and show they deserve better. With a trip to Curzon Ashton awaiting the winners, the third round is almost within touching distance for the winners.
Coventry appear to be on the mend under Mark Venus, going six games unbeaten before Saturday’s narrow defeat at home to League One leaders Scunthorpe, but scratch beneath the surface and this remains a club riddled with anguish, where no short-term burst of results can ever totally rid you of the impression that the next meltdown is imminent.
Fewer than 5,000 spectators should be expected at the 32,000-capacity Ricoh Arena, which is hardly likely to inspire the home side. But this is an exciting opportunity for Morecambe whether those seats are full or empty. The Shrimps have already beaten Championship opposition this term, scoring five times in a extra time win at Rotherham back in August.