Shrimpers and Shrimps supported

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 8:22 BST

Our expert Nick Hext is backing Southend and Morecambe to win in League Two on Saturday.

Paul Sturrock's Southend can win again.

2pts Southend to beat Cheltenham at 11/5 (bodog, BetVictor, Boylesports).

2pts Morecambe to beat Aldershot at 12/5 (Boylesports, Paddy Power).


Southend have enjoyed some success after a sticky start to the season with three home wins in a row helping them climb to mid-table.

Now Paul Sturrock's men make the trip to Cheltenham and we reckon they can add another three points to their tally.

The Robins have endured a frustrating couple of games without a victory and the 3-0 home defeat against Accrington two weeks ago still lingers in the memory.

We enjoyed success that time by backing the away win at Whaddon Road and have no qualms about doing so again.

Sturrock in traditional fashion has a strong and well-organised group of players at his disposal and that will once again prove to be a very good thing over the campaign.

Watford loanee Britt Assombalonga has made a bright start at Roots Hall with four goals so far and the Shrimpers can still do more with plenty of chances missed in the 3-1 victory over Dagenham.

We expect Southend to bag the victory on Saturday and will be having a slice of the 11/5 available for them to do so.

Make it Morecambe for our second tip of the weekend.

We backed against the Shrimps when they hosted Fleetwood last weekend - they lost 4-0 - but Jim Bentley's men make great appeal now they are on the road again.

Morecambe have won four and lost just one of their five away league and cup games this season - the only defeat coming at Sunderland in the League Cup after winning at Blackpool in round one - and the league record on the road reads won three, scored eight, conceded one.

Not bad.

The Fleetwood defeat has slightly dampened spirits at the Globe Arena but Bentley's focus is fully on getting his side back on track.

"Every side has a bad day and we had one on Saturday but the top teams don't let it get to them and make sure they don't linger on it," he told Morecambe's official website.

"That is exactly what we need to do and go all out for another good away performance this weekend.''

Aldershot is the destination on Saturday and we have already made our regard for the Shots known in our outright preview and last weekend's offering.

Dean Holdsworth's men, however, have yet to hit top gear and Morecambe's fine away record makes them well worth supporting for victory at 12/5.

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