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Preview: Morecambe (H)

Magpies host Shrimps looking to make it six unbeaten

9 September 2017

Notts County host Morecambe this weekend looking to cement their place in the top seven of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Magpies are currently on a five-game unbeaten run and avoiding defeat against the Shrimps would not only secure their best run of form under Kevin Nolan, but their best for almost three years.

Morecambe, often fast starters in the league, have begun this campaign slowly with just one win to their name - a 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town on the opening day.

But, having done the double over Notts last season, they will come to Meadow Lane with high hopes of grabbing another three points.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

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"They've had two good away draws in the last couple of games and they put us to the sword twice last year, playing really well on both occasions.

"You can never take anyone for granted. This is going to be a tough game. We've got a returning Adam Campbell who's going to want to prove himself and Kevin Ellison is a nuisance all game.

"We're not in for an easy ride. We're going to have to be patient."

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Team news

Nolan said he has no injury worries, with Nicky Hunt and Shaun Brisley recovering from knocks sustained in last weekend's 1-0 win at Port Vale to take full part in training this week.

Former Notts striker Vadaine Oliver is suspended for the Shrimps following his red card against Accrington last weekend but Adam Campbell and Garry Thompson could be in line to start on their returns to Meadow Lane.

Dangerman

At the age of 38, Kevin Ellison is no spring chicken but the winger remains as effervescent as ever as he enters his seventh season at the Globe Arena.

The former Tranmere man has racked up close to 300 appearances for the Shrimps and remains an invaluable part of Jim Bentley's squad.

A wily veteran, Ellison is known for enjoying some friendly banter with opposition players and fans, usually coming out on top by getting on the scoresheet.

Finally off the mark for 2017-18 with a goal against local rivals Accrington Stanley last weekend, the winger will now hope to push on and reach double figures for the fifth time in Morecambe colours.

We've met before

Notts have picked up just one point from the last four meetings between the sides since their relegation to League Two in 201Last season saw the Shrimps come away from Meadow Lane with a 2-1 win thanks to Tom Barkhuizen's brace before they hammered the Magpies 4-1 at the Globe Arena in the return fixture.

Notts' last home win against the Lancashire side was also a 4-1 triumph back in April 2010 which secured promotion from League Two for a team which would go on to lift the title.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 4/6 odds-on favourites to pick up a fourth straight win with the visitors seen as big outsiders at 4/1 and the draw at 11/4.

The Magpies have scored twice in all three of their home games so far this season and can be backed at 8/13 to score two or more again against the Shrimps.

Notts winning to-nil is 7/4, while the Magpies winning with both teams scoring is available at 9/4.

The last six meetings between the sides have seen both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals - you can get 6/5 for it to happen again.

In the first goalscorer markets, Jorge Grant is available at odds of 13/2, Terry Hawkridge 8/1 and Richard Duffy 28/1.

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