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Match Preview – Newport vs Crewe

Last Updated: 10/08/18 4:16pm

Newport manager Michael Flynn has a number of injuries to contend with as he prepares for Crewe’s Rodney Parade visit in League Two.

County made a poor start to the season last weekend, suffering a 3-0 defeat at Mansfield. And they did not escape on the injury front either, with defender Mark O’Brien and utility player Robbie Willmott missing that game and now facing a fitness race.

Flynn also has doubts over three other unnamed players, and squad resources could be stretched as the Welsh club target a winning start at home.

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Crewe are fresh from crushing Morecambe 6-0 in their season opener, and their biggest doubt for the trip to Wales is captain George Ray. Ray went off during the Morecambe encounter after taking a knock to his ribs, and manager David Artell might decide not to risk him.

If Ray is fit, then there is a strong chance that Artell will retain the squad that accounted for Morecambe in such emphatic fashion. Striker Shaun Miller, meanwhile, is expected to resume training next week as he targets a return following knee trouble.

Mansfield 3-0 Newport

Mansfield 3-0 Newport

Opta stats

Newport have only won one of their last six meetings against Crewe Alexandra in the Football League (D2 L3).

At home, the Exiles are winless in their last five meetings with the Railwaymen in the fourth tier of English football (D2 L3) since a 1-0 win in March 1978.

Newport County have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 11 league games.

Crewe have won each of their last four league games, while their 6-0 opening day win against Morecambe was their biggest league victory since April 2011 (8-1 vs Cheltenham).

Crewe’s Alex Nicholls has scored four goals in his last three league games – a brace on the opening weekend, and one each in his last two games for Barnet last season.

Crewe 6-0 Morecambe

Crewe 6-0 Morecambe

Prutton’s prediction

What a start for Crewe last week! They were absolutely superb and they completely outclassed Morecambe to record a fantastic 6-0 victory.

Newport, meanwhile, were beaten easily at Mansfield but the Stags are one of the favourites for promotion so that was always going to be a tough game. Away win.

David Prutton predicts: 0-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

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