Only one point and two places separate the two sides, this mid table six-pointer could see either team move into the top half of the Sky Bet League Table table.
Before last Saturday, Crewe hadn’t won a game in four, but the 3-2 victory over promotion-contenders Tranmere saw the Alex return to the playing style that gave them comprehensive victories over both Morecambe and Macclesfield.
A Callum Ainley double and a goal from Charlie Kirk was enough to put away the Rovers and see Crewe’s first league victory since the end of October. The win pushed the Alex further away from the relegation zone and into 15th place, just one point and two places behind their opponents for this Saturday.
Whilst Crewe’s last outing saw them return to winning ways, Crawley are now without a win since the 23rd of October. Not only have Crawley lost their last three league outings, they also conceded 10 goals in these games.
Crawley’s recent league form has been poor, but their cup form hasn’t been any better. Despite achieving a 1-1 draw away at League One outfit Southend, the replay saw Crawley concede four goals in extra-time to lose 6-2 and fall out of the FA Cup. Not only can a heavy defeat like this be poor for moral, but also hard on fitness.
Whilst the Crewe players have had a week without a game after their victory over Tranmere, Crawley’s side has played an extra 120 minutes and will surely be feeling the effects this Saturday.
Crewe arguably couldn’t be playing Crawley at a better time as the Railwaymen once again showed their attacking ability against Tranmere. This ability saw the Alex score a lovely team goal where the ball started with Ben Garratt and ended with Callum Ainley neatly slotting the ball into the back of the net.
Crawley are currently leaking the goals left, right and centre there is no reason why if Crewe play like they did against Tranmere, the Railwaymen shouldn’t be able to put two or three past this out of sorts Crawley defence.
Crewe’s only problem this Saturday could be their poor away form, as the Alex have still only managed one win in their nine away games so far this season. However, hopefully this Saturday could see Crewe’s away fortunes change.
The past results between the two teams also bodes well for the Railwaymen, as in the 12 times the two sides have met since 2011 Crewe have only lost twice. In those 12 matches there have been four draws between the two sides, whilst the Alex have come away the victors six times. Three out of those six wins have come in the last three meetings between the two sides, as in both matches last season the Alex came away victorious.
A 3-0 win at Gresty Road and a 2-1 victory at the Checkatrade Stadium saw the Alex complete the double over Crawley. Despite this Crawley were still able to finish one place and three points higher than that the Alex at the end of last season as they finished in 14th on 59 points.
Predicted Crewe XI (4-4-2):
Corey Whelan, Perry Ng, Eddie Nolan, Harry Pickering
Callum Ainley, James Jones, Ryan Wintle, Charlie Kirk
Shaun Miller, Jordan Bowery
With George Ray racing against time to recover for Crawley this Saturday, it looks unlikely that there will be any personal changes to the Alex starting XI who beat Tranmere 3-2.
Crawley 1-2 Crewe
Picture Credit: Crewe Alex