The EFL Trophy takes centre stage on Tuesday night when Morecambe visit in our second group stage game.
It is The Shrimps’ first visit to The Peninsula Stadium after their scheduled visit last season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019-20 finalists Salford will be hoping for a better performance than in the opening group game, when Manchester United’s Under-21s scored six without reply against a heavily rotated team.
Meanwhile Morecambe took the lead against League One Rochdale in their first game, but conceded twice in the last five minutes to lose 2-1.
Derek Adams’ side have had a mixed start to the season; they are unbeaten away from home in three outings, winning their last two on the road – from behind too – at Southend United and Cheltenham Town. However at home they have won one of four, losing their last two games against Cambridge United and Newcastle United by an aggregate of 0-12.
The EFL Trophy hasn’t been a prosperous competition for The Shrimps since their promotion to the EFL. In 13 seasons their best run in the competition was reaching the Area Final (aka semi-final) in their first season in the competition, and they haven’t qualified from the group stages in the last three seasons.
The Ammies, still waiting for a date for the 2019-20 Final*, need a victory on Tuesday to keep ambitions of qualifying alive after the opening game defeat.
Manager Graham Alexander has a respectable record in the competition and has only been eliminated at the first stage in one of six seasons; when Morecambe won 1-3 at Fleetwood Town in 2014. He also had an encounter with The Shrimps as Manager of Scunthorpe United in 2016-17, winning 5-3 on penalties in Round Two after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
*The latest position on the 2019-20 Final is: “All parties have agreed to revisit the options at the end of the year, with the primary objective remaining to find a suitable date in 2021 for a rescheduled Final to take place with as many supporters in attendance as possible. The match therefore remains postponed and the EFL will advise of any further developments as soon as they are available.”
HOW TO WATCH
Tuesday night’s game is being streamed live on Salford City TV, and is available to view in the UK for £10 and overseas for £7. Commentary passes are available for £2.50/match, or £4.49/month for a monthly subscription. Click here for more information about streaming the game.
This match is NOT available as part of the Season Ticket package.
Zarah Connolly will be live in the TalkTalk Studio from 19:15 BST with Babs Gaskill, and again at half time. Watch the pre-match and half time shows for free on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.