Port Vale vs Morecambe Match Analysis & Prediction
26/12/2022 6:00 pm
After sufering defeat in their last two competitive matches, Port Vale will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they welcome Morecambe to Vale Park on Boxing Day.
On the other hand, the visitors will be desperate to end their poor run of form after failing to win any of their previous 10 competitive matches.
After enjoying a run of three successive victories across all competitions, Port Vale have lost their last two matches by a 1-0 scoreline, including Tuesday’s EFL Trophy defeat to Salford City.
Matt Smith scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 10th minute, which eventually ended Port Vale’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
Having been knocked out of all three cup competitions this season, they will now be dreaming ot mounting a push for the League One playoffs with five points separating them from the top six.
Port Vale have not played a home game in over a month, so they will be pleased to return to Vale Park where they have won their last two competitive matches.
As Darrell Clarke’s side will be looking to claim a third consecutive home victory, they can draw inspiration from the fact that they have won their previous two home encounters with Morecambe.
While the Valiants may be targeting a playoff push, Morecambe face an huge task if they are to escape the relegation zone.
Morecambe are currently sitting at the bottom of the table, with six points separating them from safety after winning just two of their 21 league matches this season.
In their most recent game, Derek Adams took his side to Home Park to face his former club and current league leaders Plymouth Argyle, where they fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat.
The Shrimps have now gone over two months without a victory, and they will need to improve at both ends of the pitch after failing to keep a clean sheet in every match of their 10-game winless streak, while they are the second lowest-scorers in the division.
Port Vale vs. Morecambe Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 20 occasions, where Port Vale have claimed seven victories while Morecambe have won nine, and they have drawn in four. Morecambe have scored 23 goals and conceded 27 in the process.
16/02/2019Port Vale0Morecambe1League Two
05/10/2019Port Vale3Morecambe1League Two
14/01/2020Morecambe2Port Vale1League Two
03/10/2020Morecambe1Port Vale0League Two
10/04/2021Port Vale1Moecambe0League Two
Port Vale Team News
Port Vale are expected to be without the services of Funso Ojo, who has been out of action since September due to an injury problem.
Dennis Politic dropped out of the side for the EFL Trophy defeat to Salford, but could return to the starting lineup here, with Ellis Harrison retaining his place in the forward line.
Port Vale's Last 5 Matches
19/11/2022Port Vale1Charlton Athletic0League One
23/11/2022Port Vale2Barnsley1EFL Trophy
02/12/2022Plymouth Argyle0Port Vale2League One
10/12/2022Bristol Rovers1Port Vale0League One
20/12/2022Salford City1Port Vale0EFL Trophy
Morecambe Team News
Morecambe will be unable to call upon Courtney Duffus and Ash Hunter, who are both sidelined with long-term injuries, while Cole Stockton will be the visitors’ goal threat.
After coming on at half time against Plymouth, Donald Love and Dylan Connolly are both in contention to feature in the starting lineup.
Morecambe's Last 5 Matches
19/11/2022Lincoln City2Morecambe1League One
22/11/2022Lincoln City(P)1Morecambe1EFL Trophy
02/12/2022Morecambe1Exeter City1League One
17/12/2022Plymouth Argyle2Morecambe1League One
Port Vale vs. Morecambe: Odds and Predictions
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