Morecambe v Accrington preview
In-form Morecambe and Accrington Stanley clash at Christie Park in a North West derby.
Last Updated: 24/12/09 4:16pm
Morecambe's 1-1 draw with Grimsby at Blundell Park was the first goal they had conceded in 607 minutes of football.
Peter Sweeney's 67th minute free-kick for the Mariners also arrested the Shrimps' seven-match winning run, a set of results which has thrust them into the play-off places.
Stanley are also in with a shout of making the play-offs, sitting just four points shy of the last remaining spot.
That place is occupied by Morecambe, who welcome their local rivals on the back of a run which has seen John Coleman's side lose just one of their last six league matches.
Morecambe are set to remain unchanged for the Boxing Day clash with Stanley.
The Shrimps have no fresh injury or suspension concerns and long-term absentee Manny Panther is back in full training.
Fellow midfielder Ian Craney is ruled out of a return against his former club as he is still nursing an ankle injury.
Sammy McIlroy's men are in buoyant mood as they enter the busy festive period which could further enhance their promotion pedigree.
Accrington are set to welcome back Chris Turner for the trip to Christie Park.
The 19-year-old winger has missed the past 13 matches after tearing an ankle ligament in his left foot in Stanley's defeat by Bournemouth in October.
However, he may have to settle for a place on the bench following the impressive form of Jimmy Ryan in recent weeks.
Boss John Coleman will also have on-loan Tom Lees available again after the defender was ineligible to face his parent club Leeds in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
Defender Leam Richardson, who has yet to play for Accrington this season, remains sidelined with a groin injury.