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Match Preview – Crawley vs Northampton

Last Updated: 07/12/18 3:58pm

Crawley host Northampton on Saturday with a relatively clean bill of health.

Skipper Jimmy Smith is the only absentee as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Smith suffered the injury against Oldham at the start of September but hopes to be back in action for Town in March.

Crawley can climb to 11th in League Two if they beat Northampton.

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The Cobblers can welcome back Junior Morais after suspension. The forward has completed a three-match ban following a red card at Lincoln last month.

Midfielder Matt Crooks is closing in on a comeback from an ankle injury and could be involved. Defender Dean Bowditch is also nearing a return to first team action.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two game between Crawley and Crewe.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two game between Crawley and Crewe.

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Both teams have scored in three of the four League Two games between Crawley Town and Northampton Town, with the only exception being a 1-0 Crawley win in their first clash in the EFL in October 2011.

Northampton achieved a league double over Crawley the last time these two sides faced off in 2015-16, winning both home and away by a 2-1 scoreline.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Newport and Northampton.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Newport and Northampton.

Crawley have lost just one of their last nine home league games (W6 D2), a 0-4 defeat to MK Dons at the start of November.

Northampton have won just one of their last seven away League Two games (D2 L4), a 5-0 victory against Macclesfield Town in October.

Northampton Town boss Keith Curle has yet to lose a league meeting with Crawley Town as a manager, winning four and drawing three of his seven games against them.

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