The two teams on either side of the League One relegation zone meet at Plough Lane on Saturday, as Wimbledon in 20th host Morecambe who sit 21st.
It will be a welcome return to Plough Lane for Wimbledon who have played their last five matches all away from home, and it could not have gone much worse. As well as National League Boreham Wood knocking them out of the FA Cup last weekend, they have lost two in a row in the league as well, going down to MK Dons this week after Oxford comfortably beat them 3-0 just before the new year. Postponements mean Wimbledon have played just two home games in the league in the last two and a half months so they have the chance to move themselves clear of the bottom four with three home games to come which need to be rearranged. A win here though will move them five points clear of the drop zone with two games in hand still on Morecambe.
Wimbledon’s FA Cup experience was nightmarish last week, while Morecambe’s was heartbreaking, leading away at Tottenham Hotspur until the final quarter of an hour, before losing the game in the final five minutes with international stars like Harry Kane and Lucas Moura needed to overcome the Shrimps. The match will have given them reasons to be confident going forward in their battle against the drop, as did their last league match which saw them record an extraordinary 4-3 win over Doncaster Rovers, coming from 3-0 down to win with three goals in the final 15 minutes. Their goalscoring exploits have saved them at times, but conceding the most goals in the division (49 so far) is not sustainable, and they will need to tighten up if they want to avoid the drop.
The reverse fixture was much in the Morecambe-mould so far this season, as Wimbledon left the Mazuma Stadium with all three points following a 4-3 win, after coming back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to win it in the 94th minute via Ayoub Assal. The last fixture between the sides in London was another classic too, with Morecambe winning 5-2 in a League Two clash back in 2015.
Given the goalscoring capabilities of both sides and the defensive frailties, goals look a certainty. Our tip is for both teams to score and for there to be over 3.5 goals scored, priced at 9/4.