Sheffield Wednesday’s patchy away form could make Morecambe good bets to force a replay in their FA Cup first-round tie this weekend.
The Owls have won just three of their nine away games in the league so far this season, making them more vulnerable than their third place in League One suggests when they visit the Globe Arena.
Meanwhile, Morecambe have proved themselves obdurate in recent games, suggesting they have the ability to frustrate Gary Megson’s men despite being a division below them in the English league ladder.
The Shrimps have drawn seven of their last 13 games and, with four wins thrown into this sequence, have maintained a spot in the League Two play-off zone.
This makes odds of 9/4 on Morecambe securing their eighth draw in 14 games appealing, with a successful £25 free bet on this outcome worth £81.25.
The free bet is available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
If Morecambe are to secure a draw and force a replay at Hillsborough, then they are likely to need to have established a cushion going into the second half.
This is because Wednesday are far stronger after the interval than they are in the initial 45 minutes.
The Owls have been behind in seven of their 17 league matches at the break and have conceded more goals than they have scored in the opening period.
But after a team talk from Gary Megson it is a different story entirely, with a goal difference of plus 11 helping Wednesday to the strongest second half record of the entire division.
As such, there could be value in a Morecambe/draw bet in the half time/full time market at odds of 23/2.
Alternatively, punters could back a lead – draw scenario in the run of play market, with this bet available at odds of 11/4.
New customers can register here to claim their free £25 bet or click here to see all our FA Cup odds.
Follow us on Twitter @bwinbetting