Morecambe vs Newport preview
Last Updated: 03/05/19 3:16pm
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley could tinker with his starting line-up again for his side's home game against Newport.
Bentley made four changes for last week's win at Cambridge, which lifted the Shrimps up to 18th in the table, and handed a league debut to Paul McVay.
McVay will be hoping to feature again while fellow midfielder Aaron Wildig and defender Zak Mills will be assessed after they both missed out last week due to knocks. Experienced pair Kevin Ellison and Barry Roche are among those pushing for recalls after they dropped to the bench at Cambridge.
Play-off chasing Newport are hoping midfield pair Ben Kennedy and Joss Labadie can prove their fitness in time. Kennedy missed Tuesday's home win against Oldham due to a knock and Labadie has been sidelined since early April due to a gashed ankle.
Boss Michael Flynn has no new major injury worries as his side bid for a win which would guarantee them a play-off place. Midfielder Andrew Crofts is pushing for a recall after returning to the bench in midweek following injury.
Morecambe have won just one of their last six league matches against Newport County (W1 D3 L2), though it was in this exact fixture last season.
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Newport have won just two of their 11 Football League meetings with Morecambe, but both of those wins came away from home (January 2016 and March 2017).
Morecambe have won each of their last two league games, they haven't won three in a row since a run of four victories in August 2016.
Newport have the longest current unbeaten run of any League Two side (9 - W5 D4), with a midweek victory seeing the Exiles in the play-off places for the first time since December.
Newport have both the highest percentage of goals scored (21% - 12/58) and goals conceded (26% - 15/58) in the opening 15 minutes of League Two action this season.
Five teams can still finish seventh and qualify for the League Two play-offs. Newport currently occupy seventh spot on 70 points, while Exeter are a point behind on 69. Colchester, Carlisle and Stevenage all have 67 and all three have a better goal difference than Newport.
Final days are always unpredictable, but Newport are on such good form at the moment and I think they will win at Morecambe on Saturday and hold on to their position in the play-offs.
David Prutton predicts: Newport to finish seventh (1/3 with Sky Bet)