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Aside from the euphoria of coming through their goal bonanza with Forest Green Rovers in the semi-finals, Newport will take encouragement from recent results against Morecambe, winning all three meetings since the start of 2020.
They may have scored more than once in just two of their last 12 regular season matches, though did so in both clashes with Forest Green and will expect to register against Morecambe.
Indeed, the Shrimps held the worst defensive record amongst the top 11 finishers. Having conceded in both legs of their semis with Tranmere, they’ve now managed just five clean sheets in 24 appearances dating back to late January, as well as just 11 from 48 matches this season in total.
Both Teams To Score
Unsurprisingly, Morecambe have experienced the greatest difficulty in obtaining shutouts when taking on the better sides. Up against the top 10 finishers in the league, just three clean sheets have been garnered from 20 appearances, as 14 of these saw both sides on the scoresheet.
In fact, both teams have netted in eight of the last 10 such games, while that bet landed in seven of eight head to heads with Newport since 2017/18, including both meetings this term.
Newport Draw No Bet
Morecambe did end the season with an uptick in form and are now W6-D1-L1 after those clashes with Tranmere, leading at half time in all but one of these games, as the sole defeat was inflicted by promoted outfit Bolton.
Newport are hardly in bad form either and have lost just twice in 11 matches, though only won five of these games.
These were typically low-scoring affairs, but with six of their last seven clean sheets coming at Rodney Parade, Morecambe will also fancy their chances of registering on the scoreboard.