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Match Preview – Crewe vs Crawley

Last Updated: 15/03/19 10:30am

Crewe captain George Ray will miss the home game against Crawley through suspension.

The defender received his 10th yellow card of the season in League Two during the goalless draw at Cambridge and begins a two-match ban on Saturday. He will also sit out the trip to Mansfield on March 23.

Ray’s absence means potential opportunities for the likes of Nicky Hunt and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, but Jamie Sterry has been recalled from his loan spell by Newcastle. Crewe are without a win in five matches and have failed to score in their last three outings.

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Filipe Morais could return to the Crawley starting line-up at Gresty Road. The Portuguese winger has been used as a late substitute against Grimsby and Mansfield after missing two games through illness.

Luke Gambin is nearing a comeback after a nerve problem but fellow midfielder Jimmy Smith remains a long-term absentee. Crawley have won just one of their last seven matches and have tasted victory only once on the road since September.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Cambridge and Crewe.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two match between Cambridge and Crewe.

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Crewe have only lost one of their six home games against Crawley in the English Football League (W3 D2), a 0-2 defeat in December 2016.

Crawley have never won back-to-back games against Crewe in the Football League; they won this season’s reverse fixture 3-0 in November 2018.

No side have failed to score in more League Two games this season than Crewe (16), with the side failing to score in each of their last three.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Crawley and Mansfield.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League Two clash between Crawley and Mansfield.

Crawley have won just one of their last 14 away league games (D3 L10), a 1-0 victory against Swindon in January.

Crawley haven’t managed to score more than one goal on the road in the league since April 2018 (2-2 v Exeter), scoring just 11 goals in the 19 games since.

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