Morecambe can end a disastrous run of of home form when they host Exeter on Saturday.
Morecambe v Exeter - Saturday 15:00
Last week, Jim Bentley talked about putting his Morecambe players up in a hotel the night before home games as he looks to arrest their dreadful form at the Globe Arena. So let’s assume he was calling out new owner Diego Lemos on the matter and the plan has been followed through. Given that scenario, the home win looks a cracking bet at 9/4.
In order to fully appreciate the value behind it, you should understand that Morecambe have taken 14 points from a possible 21 on the road this term, whereas the last five home games have all ended in defeat. For away games, the players travel together and often stay in hotels. For home games, they travel alone because the club is unable cover the cost of nearby property rentals.
Bizarrely, it means away teams like Crawley and Stevenage can gain a significant advantage in terms of matchday perparation by travelling long distances on Fridays, presumably rewarding themselves with a stroll along the beach on the morning of the game. Exeter will no doubt do likewise as they look to build on a competent away record of W4 D0 L3.
However, the Grecians are without Reuben Reid, which had enabled them to vastly increase their attacking output playing two up front. Without him, they’ve lost 12 out of 15 matches in all competitions and probably shouldn’t be favourites here. The Shrimps have plenty of goals in them. Take the 25/1 available on the Morecambe 3-1 correct score.