Whilst Crewe are now undefeated in three, including 4 points from their last two games.
Grimsby come into this game as the team in better form. Grimsby are undefeated in their last four league games, picking up 10 points and keeping four clean sheets.
Crewe return to Gresty Road on Saturday in high spirits after picking up four points from their last two games.
Before last Saturday the Railwaymen had only picked up one point on the road all season, and with two tough away games in a row it wasn’t looking positive for Dave Artell’s side.
Despite Crewe’s lacklustre away form this season, the Alex did manage to pick up a very respectable four points on their travels in the last week. Thanks to a wonder strike from Jordan Bowery that saw him win Sky Bet goal of the day, Crewe ran out 1-0 winners against promotion contenders Stevenage at Broadhall Way.
Crewe’s long awaited first victory on the road this season clearly gave the team some well needed confidence, as the performance away at Yeovil on Tuesday night was the best I have the Alex play away from home this season. Despite the game ending 1-1, Crewe were extremely unlucky not to take all three points from Huish Park as they dominated for the majority of the game. However, yet again Crewe suffered from the same problem they have all season, in that when they were on top they just simply couldn’t find the back of the net.
Whilst Crewe’s from has improved recently, so has Grimsby’s. From the first 10 games of this season Grimsby had only managed to pick up five points and found themselves in the relegation zone, however since then they have managed to triple their points tally and drag themselves up to 19th place. After losing six straight games in a row, Grimsby’s fortunes began to change when they beat Carlisle United 1-0 away from home. Grimsby then went on to beat Port Vale 2-0 and secure a 0-0 draw away at Exeter. Last time out Grimsby also managed to achieve a 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Colchester, the same team who beat the Alex 6-0 earlier on in the season.
Grimsby are one of the only teams this season to score less than the Alex, scoring only 10 compared to Crewe’s 14. Despite neither team showing composure in front of goal this season, both teams have shown to be more than competent defensively in recent games. Despite Crewe only scoring 14 league goals this season, 11 of these goals have come at Gresty Road, so if any team has a chance to breakdown Grimsby’s solid defence its the Alex playing at home.
The two sides have met four times in the past two seasons, and out of these games Crewe have won three of them, losing only one. In these four games Crewe only conceded one goal to Grimsby, that goal came in the 1-0 defeat last season at Blundell Park.
The last two games played between the sides at Gresty Road have both ended in Alex wins, the biggest of these coming in February 2017 when Crewe ran out 5-0 winners thanks to four goals in the first 30 minutes. Grimsby haven’t actually won at Gresty Road since 1990, and haven’t scored a goal there since 2010.
Predicted Crewe XI:
Goalkeeper- Ben Garratt
Defence- Corey Whelan, George Ray, Nicky Hunt, Harry Pickering
Midfield- Callum Ainley, Ryan Wintle, James Jones, Charlie Kirk
Forwards- Jordan Bowery, Shaun Miller
Only one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Yeovil and its an enforced one. Perry Ng has formed a solid central defensive partnership with captain George Ray in recent weeks, however against Yeovil he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and has being suspended for one game because of it. Nicky Hunt has played at central defence once already this season and did an excellent job as a makeshift centre-back, so it is likely that he will come back into the side in place of the suspended Ng.
Prediction: Crewe 2-0 Grimsby
Despite Grimsby’s recent improvement in form, Crewe are also a team currently finding their feet once again. Grimsby haven’t won at Gresty Road in 28 years, and i can’t see that record being broken this Saturday.
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