Daggers just too sharp for the Shrimps
Dagenham and Redbridge welcome fellow play-off hopefuls Morecambe to Victoria Road for this League Two play-off semi-final first leg.
The Daggers clinched their place in the play-offs with a 2-0 win at Darlington last weekend and manager John Still can call upon the same eleven for this tie.
Striker Paul Benson will continue to wear a protective mask to guard his broken nose while Josh Scott will partner him in attack.
Midfielder Peter Gain sits on 14 bookings knowing one more will trigger a three-game suspension while defender Will Antwi is back in training after four months out with an ankle injury and could be on the bench.
Midfielder Stuart Thurgood is still struggling with a knee injury and will miss out.
The men from Dagenham are looking for promotion to the third tier of English football for the first time. They were still a conference club until 2007.
They come into the game in good nick after a sequence of four wins from their last five games. Possibly more importantly for this home leg of the semi-final, they have won their last six fixtures at the Victoria Ground.
The only game they lost in the end of season run-in was to their opponents on Sunday, Morecambe Town, albeit at Christie Park.
Morecambe finished the season in fourth place having won their last three games, keeping two clean sheets in the process. The Shrimps have also won two of their last three games with The Daggers, keeping a clean sheet on both occasions.
Will Haining is likely to cover for Stanley in midfield but on-loan Huddersfield striker Phil Jevons is still absent with a calf injury.
Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy will be without midfielder Craig Stanley.
Indeed McIlroy believes promotion with Morecambe would represent his greatest achievement in the game. "I've had a career full of memories as a player and a manager, but taking Morecambe up would top the lot."
Dagenham and Redbridge are slight favourites to win the game and seize the initiative ahead of the second leg. They are 6/5 to win in 90 minutes.
Morecambe are 23/10 to snatch an away win.
The league game between the two sides at Victoria Road finished as a 1-1 draw. The same score line can be backed at odds of 11/2 while the draw itself is 23/10.
Dagenham's talisman Paul Benson is favourite to break the deadlock at 9/2 while Morecambe's hotshot Paul Mullin is 7/1 to score the first goal in Jevons' absence.
Given both team's form coming into this match I'm tempted to side slightly with the home side. Dagenham's results on their home soil has propelled their promotion push and I'm going to suggest a hard fought 1-0 or 2-1 victory. These correct scores pay out at 6/1 and 15/2 respectively.