Gresty Road welcomes 13th place Oldham Athletic this Saturday in this mid-table clash, only two places and one point separates the two sides.
The away side come into the game after defeating Non-League Maidstone to see themselves progress into the third round of the FA Cup.
Both sides have picked up six points in their last five games, but it’s Oldham who are undefeated in their last four.
Crewe have the home advantage in this tie, and will be hoping to make it count. They sit seventh in the home form table, meaning that if the Alex could just improve their abysmal away form they would be in promotion contention.
The Railwaymen have won their last two home games, and have only lost two of their 10 games on home turf so far this season. Their last league game, that took place 10 days before this Oldham fixture saw them brush aside a relegation threatened Cambridge side 2-0 at Gresty Road. Whilst it wasn’t Crewe’s best performance all season, the Alex did enough to get a result thanks to a wonderful solo goal from Shaun Miller.
Oldham have only lost two games on the road this season, they have also only won twice. The Latics appear to be the draw specialists away from home this season, having drawn six of their 10 ties. Despite Oldham’s respectable record away this season, they have only managed to bag themselves 10 goals on the road, compared to the 18 that Crewe have managed to score at Gresty Road.
Last time out in League Two Oldham managed a 1-1 draw at home against promotion favourites Lincoln thanks to a first-half goal from midfielder Mohamed Maouche. Despite relegation from League One last season, Oldham have failed to hit the ground running this season, and will be hoping to continue their four game unbeaten streak this Saturday at Gresty Road.
Crewe Predicted XI:
Corey Whelan, Perry Ng, Eddie Nolan, Harry Pickering
Callum Ainley, Ryan Wintle, James Jones, Charlie Kirk
Jordan Bowery, Shaun Miller
After a 2-0 victory last time out, it looks unlikely that manager Artell will change his starting XI. Despite George Ray appearing for the Under 23’s on Tuesday, he wont be rushed back to the starting XI unless he is fully fit, however if Artell deems Ray ready to return then expect to see him partnering Ng in defence.
After a poor start to the season, many fans including myself were wondering how Shaun Miller continued to find himself on the team sheet. However after a skilful goal and a good performance against Cambridge, it would be unfair on the striker to drop him.
Crewe 1-1 Oldham
After Oldham’s numerous draws on the road, and Crewe’s inconsistent form so far this season, a 1-1 draw looks most likely.