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Match Preview – Notts Co vs Morecambe

Last Updated: 15/03/19 10:31am

Notts County could be without Jim O’Brien for their home game against Morecambe.

The midfielder was on the receiving end of what Magpies manager Neal Ardley called a “disgraceful” tackle from Carlisle’s Jamie Devitt during the 3-1 win at Brunton Park on Tuesday night.

O’Brien is being assessed but he is likely to join striker Jon Stead on the list of injury absentees. Craig Mackail-Smith did not travel to Carlisle due to a bout of sickness but the forward has been training again and should be available.

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Improving Morecambe will have Jordan Cranston back in their ranks at Meadow Lane. The defender has completed a two-match ban but he may have to wait to get back into the team after the Shrimps won both games in his absence.

Forward A-Jay Leitch-Smith remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season. Four victories in the last six matches have seen Morecambe open up a nine-point gap over County, who currently occupy the final relegation place in League Two.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two game between Carlisle and Notts County.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two game between Carlisle and Notts County.

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Notts County have only lost once in six home meetings with Morecambe in the Football League (W3 D2), a 1-2 defeat in October 2016.

Morecambe are winless in three league matches versus Notts County (D1 L2), last beating them in January 2017 (4-1).

Notts County have only won twice in their last 12 home league games (D5 L5), winning only one of the most recent seven contests (D3 L3).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Morecambe and MK Dons.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Morecambe and MK Dons.

Morecambe have won back-to-back league games on four occasions this season, but they haven’t won three in a row since August 2016 (four successive victories).

No side have lost more points from winning positions (24) or won fewer points from losing positions (2) than Notts County.

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