Morecambe v Wolves: Shrimpers to cash in on promotion concerns
After an unflattering start to life in the third tier, Wolves will be more concerned by immediate promotion than the hunt for the Capital One Cup, leaving them vulnerable to an early exit.
Despite being the 7/2 favourites to take the League One title at the first time of asking, a disappointing stalemate at Preston in their opening game highlighted just how tough a task new Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has in achieving instantaneous promotion.
Next up is a midweek trip to the seaside, something most would relish at this time of year, though probably not Wolves right now you’d guess.
These are dark times indeed at Molineux which have seen one of England’s more famous football names record successive relegations, meaning the remit for the new manager is sure to read promotion over cup runs.
With their next league fixture to follow just four days later, the temptation for Jackett to experiment greatly with his line-up for this first-round League Cup encounter will surely prove irresistible.
This is all good news for League Two Morecambe, who will be firmly intent on trying to cause an upset to set them on the way to a possible payday against one of the Premier League’s finest.
Therefore, the Shrimpers price of 3/1 to send the Wolves back to the Midlands with their tails down holds real attraction.
Morecambe have happy memories of the first round of this competition last year to draw on as well, having instigated a first-round shock at Championship Blackpool when triumphing 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.
The hero that day was 25-year-old midfielder Andrew Fleming and the man who also notched in their opening FA Cup fixture last season is 4/1 to get on the scoresheet anytime at the Globe Arena.
Wolves will need no reminding of their own cup embarrassment last season either, when they went to non-league Luton and ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup.
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