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Preview: Cheltenham V Crewe

8 December 2017

Go Blue for Crewe! Cheltenham Town face Sky Bet League Two rivals Crewe Alexandra on Saturday in a big game both in and off the field at the LCI Rail Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

Gary Johnson’s men – who occupy 16th place in the division – will be wearing blue on the day in support of the British Lung Foundation.

On the field, the Robins are looking to secure a home win after four draws in the last five league games, including a 1-1 stalemate last time out with Forest Green Rovers.

Crewe – currently on 19th spot - have won just once in the last six league fixtures, but are buoyed by a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.

The Opposition:

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell wants his team to continue their unbeaten run away from home with another positive result at Cheltenham.

Crewe recorded a recent 1-0 away win at Morecambe and then fought back from 3-0 down to force a replay against Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Artell said: “We are unbeaten in two away games and that is far better than the previous eight. We won at Morecambe and forced a draw at Blackburn, so it is positive.

“It has been a good week. We have had to patch one or two of them up but we go again. They are all winnable games at this level and we will go there full of confidence.”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Gary Johnson has declared striker Mo Eisa fit after his injury scare against Forest Green Rovers, but admits he is awaiting news on other players before he selects his team. Jordan Cranston, Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster remain long-term injury casualties.

Crewe team news: Crewe have been handed a boost this week with the news that experienced defender Michael Raynes has resumed full training. The centre-half has missed the club’s last four games after suffering a groin injury but the former Carlisle man is hoping to declare himself available for selection ahead of the trip to Cheltenham.

The man in the middle:

Referee Dean Whitestone – who has taken charge of 21 games this season and handed out 52 yellow cards and three red cards - will take charge of the league clash at the LCI Rail Stadium. He previously referred the clash with the Robins and Yeovil in September.He will be assisted by Paul Hobday, Matt Eva and fourth official Joe Clark.

Last time we met:

28/01/17 – Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Cheltenham (L2)

15/11/16 – Crewe Alexandra 1-4 Cheltenham (FAC)

05/11/16 – Cheltenham 1-1 Crewe Alexandra (FAC)

27/08/16 – Cheltenham 2-0 Crewe Alexandra (L2)

27/05/12 – Cheltenham 0-2 Crewe Alexandra (L2)

Ticket Information:

Fans will be able to buy tickets in person from the Ticket Office on Friday until 3pm and online by clicking HERE until Saturday morning at 11am.

On matchday, the Ticket Office will be open for collections from 12noon and limited seating will also be available for fans wishing to pay by card on the day.

All remaining seats will be available for cash purchasers on the night from the turnstiles from 1.30pm.

As always, fans collecting pre-paid tickets are asked to arrive early to avoid any queues and to enable easy access into the stadium.

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email our Ticket Office Manager, Luke James, via

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