Date: 30th December 2011 at 2:49pm
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This Saturday sees Burton pitch up at Morecambe`s Globe Arena for what on paper should be an interesting test for our boys.

Once again the Brewers will be desperate for the points from this clash, but for different reasons compared to our last visit back in April of this year. Then we were in danger of slipping into the bottom two and fighting for our lives, but you`d have thought otherwise as Burton rolled over and gave Morecambe one of their easiest home wins of the season. Don`t let the 2-1 scoreline fool you, we really were that bad that day and the sight of our manager sitting on a chair looking at his shoes for eighty minutes did nothing to reassure us that safety was anywhere close by.

This time around we visit in fifth-place, buoyed by the win at Northampton on Monday. Whereas we are on something of a roll right now, for Morecambe it is needing a win to arrest an awful slump that has now seen them go six games since their last win (seven if you include the FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday), gaining just two points in the process with draws against Oxford and Plymouth. From sitting pretty at the top of the table during the early stages of the season, they now find themselves in thirteenth place, eight points and eight places behind Burton. How long ago must the 6-0 drubbing of Crawley seem for the Morecambe faithful (a day when only Crawley supporters weren`t rooting for a Morecambe victory!)?

Since we last visited there has been a change of manager at Morecambe, with Sammy McIlroy stepping aside and being replaced by long-serving central defender Jim Bentley. As you would expect there have been new faces at the Globe this season, most notably former Macclesfield wide-man Izak Reid and the much-travelled Jason Price, plus former Morecambe forward Danny Carlton also returned to the club from Bury.

Missing though from the last two games was Kevin Ellison, but the likelihood is that he will be available against us. Defender Paul Scott is also back in training following an eighteen-month absence, but the Burton game comes way too soon for him to be considered. Other than that it seems Morecambe have a fairly full squad to choose from.

For Burton there is little to worry about and it seems Paul Peschisolido will have an almost full squad to take North. The only real injury worry is Tony James, which means that Stanno and Rhino are set to continue their partnership in the centre of defence. They`ll almost certainly be flanked by Aaron and Andy Corbett. Kevin Amankwaah has been told his short-term deal won`t be renewed, which, on the face of it, seems a strange move as he has been a much more attacking option than Corbett in the games he has played, so you wonder whether our manager has something up his sleeve for January.

With respect to midfield, there will be many fingers crossed in the away end tomorrow hoping that Chris Palmer gets a much deserved start. As at Northampton on Monday, with Macca and Bolder starting together in the centre, we again allowed a poor team to get on the front foot against us, offering no real attacking threat of our own. It wasn`t until Palmer came on that we began to properly push the Cobblers back, ending up running out with a win that seemed beyond us after the first half showing. So here`s hoping that Pesch decides to go all out for the win tomorrow, and doesn`t resort to the safe, sterile football that has become all too familiar when Macca and Bolder start together.

Out wide it will most likely be Cleveland and Jacques, and up front you`d expect Calvin to keep his place and be partnered by either Billy or Justin.

League positions aside, it is interesting to note that Morecambe and Burton have both played twenty-two games and have both scored thirty-six goals apiece. The worrying statistic is that whilst fifth-placed Burton have conceded thirty-two goals, Morecambe have by comparison conceded a relatively paltry twenty-six.

For this reason we give two score predictions for tomorrow.

If we start with the Macca/Bolder partnership we go for a 2-1 defeat, but if Palmer starts in the middle then we`ll reverse that and go for a 2-1 win that will extend Morecambe`s miserable run.

Either way here`s looking forward to a good game of football and a safe journey to those travelling up tomorrow.