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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Morecambe under a world of pressure at Globe Arena

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David Fox and his Plymouth teammates aim to bounce back from the loss at Northampton
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Morecambe v Cambridge
The season has been over for a while for Cambridge but the Amber Army are finishing in style under caretaker boss Joe Dunne, who still has a point to prove.

Dunne rescued Cambridge from a fix in early February – they were down in 16th spot in Sky Bet League Two and going nowhere under Shaun Derry.

Three straight wins under Dunne steadied the ship and they have won six out of 12 under the Irishman with the only losses coming against leaders Accrington (controversially), Swindon and Exeter.

Dunne has got Cambridge attacking and has brought out the best in players such as Jevani Brown and George Maris. Balancing attack and defence is an issue but they can take advantage of the enormous pressure Morecambe are under at the Globe Arena.

The Shrimpers are without a win in seven, scoring only four goals in that run, and are without Garry Thompson, who picked up a bad injury in Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Crewe.

Recommendation
Cambridge
2pts 5-2 Hills

Rochdale v Plymouth
Plymouth hope to be galvanised by Saturday’s shock 2-0 loss at Northampton when they make another trip to a relegation-threatened side, Rochdale.

Argyle have been one of the teams of the season in Sky Bet League One following their horrific start to the campaign and promotion via the playoffs is still in their hands, notwithstanding their weekend setback at Sixfields.

They are fair old outsiders at Spotland despite being 14 places and 17 points above their opponents. At the very least they can avoid defeat at odds-against prices with a handicap start.

Keeper Remi Matthews blamed complacency for their loss at Northampton, which would have been much worse but for his heroics. But it was a timely boot up the rear end for Derek Adams’ men, who have lost just two of their last 13.

Dale's away form is helping them in their survival bid – they have picked up 13 points out of a last possible 15 on the road yet have won only one of their last 12 on their own patch.

They dropped deeper and deeper at home to Bradford on Saturday before conceding and Plymouth can milk those nerves. 

Recommendation
Plymouth +0.5 on Asian handicap
2pts 41-40 bet365

Bristol Rovers v Wigan
Both teams have scored in each of Bristol Rovers’ last nine games at home, where there have been 64 goals scored in League One at an average of fractionally more than three per game.

There is firepower in the Rovers ranks while Wigan are scoring for fun at the moment, especially on the road. They haven’t failed to score away from home since September. 

Wigan clinched promotion at Fleetwood on Saturday with a 4-0 romp – the second successive away game in which they had scored four goals – but they need to keep going in their quest for the title with Blackburn hard on their tail.

Recommendation
Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
1pt 29-20 Coral

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Dunne has got Cambridge attacking and has brought out the best in players such as Jevani Brown and George Maris
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