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Match Preview – Morecambe vs Exeter

Last Updated: 10/08/18 5:11pm

Morecambe are still without defender Sam Lavelle as they face Exeter in their first Sky Bet League Two home game of the campaign.

The 21-year-old suffered a leg injury in pre-season and is expected to be missing until mid-September. His absence was felt on the opening day as Jim Bentley saw his side thrashed 6-0 at Crewe.

It remains to be seen if new signing AJ Leitch-Smith will feature, the forward having seen minimal pre-season action before joining the Shrimpers on a free on Wednesday.

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Exeter travel to the Globe Arena having started the season with a victory over Carlisle. Grecians boss Matt Taylor is therefore unlikely to tinker with a winning formula after tasting success in his first competitive game at the helm.

One change could see West Brom loanee Dara O’Shea come into the Exeter defence. O’Shea completed a six-month loan move to St James Park earlier in the week and will be keen to be involved immediately.

Crewe 6-0 Morecambe

Crewe 6-0 Morecambe

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Morecambe were on an eight-match winless streak against Exeter City in League Two before their 2-1 win over the Grecians in March 2018.

Exeter have scored at least once in each of their last nine matches against Morecambe, and last failed to find the net against them in August 2013, a 0-2 defeat.

Morecambe are winless in their last 11 league games (D7 L4), failing to score in each of the last five.

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was on an eight-match winless streak against Exeter in League Two (D4 L4) but won his most recent meeting with them 2-1 in March 2018.

Exeter’s Jayden Stockley has scored six goals in six appearances against Morecambe in the Football League; Morecambe’s 2-1 win over the Grecians in March 2018 was the only time he has failed to find the net against them in the top four tiers of English football.

Exeter 3-1 Carlisle

Exeter 3-1 Carlisle

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