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Preview: Crawley Town (A)

30 August 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Crawley Town (A)

30 August 2019

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After back-to-back home matches it's back on the road for Cheltenham Town on Saturday with a trip to west Sussex to take on Crawley Town (kick-off: 3pm).

A win and a draw in consecutive home fixtures against Carlisle United and Swindon Town have set Michael Duff's side up nicely for this weekend's clash at the People's Pension Stadium against a team flying high after their Premier League giant-killing of Norwich City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Crawley made it into the third round of this year's Carabao Cup competition with a single first half goal victory over the Canaries in midweek and will take on Stoke City at the next stage.

The Robins will make the trip looking to build on the recent goalless away draw at Morecambe, with Duff's side no doubt eager to end the opening month of the season on a high.

Team news

Injury rules Luke Varney, Reuben Reid, Will Boyle and Max Sheaf out of the game, however Rohan Ince's return after a five match ban is a welcome sight for Robins fans.

Alex Addai has been training ahead of a potential return to the team too.

Watch assistant manager Russell Milton previewing the game on Thursday:

Opposition

Twelfth after their opening five League Two fixtures and coming into Saturday's game on the back of a Carabao Cup giant-killing of Premier League Norwich City, Crawley have enjoyed an ideal start to the new campaign.

Netting 14 goals in the process, they've found the back of the net in all seven games they've faced this season, and in Bez Lubala also possess one of the highest early goal scorers in the division so far this season.

Italian Gabriele Cioffi (pictured below) is now in place for his first full season in charge of the Red Devils in what is only his second managerial job and his first in England having only previously managed U.S. Gavorrano previously. He has however worked on the coaching staff at Birmingham City too, as well as spending time coaching in Australia.

Birmingham links are present in his side with goal scorer Lubala not just a former Blues product, but goalkeeper Michael Luyambula on loan from the St Andrews outfit too, though Glenn Morris is the usual man to don the gloves in league games.

Their squad also includes options such as Ollie Palmer and Ashley Nadesan in their attacking department, while in midfield the ever present Dannie Bulman can still be relied upon at the age of 40. Filipe Morais, previously of Hibernian, is another midfield body many will be familiar with.

Defensively they brought in Jordan Tunnicliffe from AFC Fylde in the summer, while Tom Dallison and Lewis Young, younger brother of Manchester United's Ashley, are options along their back line too.

From their two home league matches so far they have beaten new boys Salford City 2-0 and also lost 2-1 to Crewe.

Previous meetings

Saturday's game will be the ninth League Two game between the two clubs and the tenth in all competitions, with Cheltenham having won a League Cup contest in an August 2013 meeting.

Crawley did the double over the Robins for the first time last season. The only other defeat against the west Sussex outfit came in February 2012.

The Robins boast the better record between the two having won five, drawn one, and lost three times.

27 August 2011 Robins 3-1 Crawley Town League Two
7 February 2012 Crawley Town 4-2 Robins League Cup
6 August 2013 Robins 4-3 Crawley Town League Two
15 October 2016 Robins 2-1 Crawley Town League Two
14 April 2017 Crawley Town 0-0 Robins League Two
12 August 2017 Robins 1-0 Crawley Town League Two
24 March 2018 Crawley Town 3-5 Robins League Two
4 August 2018 Robins 0-1 Crawley Town League Two
5 January 2019 Crawley Town 1-0 Robins League Two

Tickets and travel

Tickets are available on the day at the game for fans who haven't bought in advance.

Prices are:

  Seating Standing
Adults £20 £16
Seniors 65+ £15 £12
U21s £13 £11
U18s £10 £10
U16s £4 £4
U11s Free Free

The Travel Club coach for fans who have booked on-board leaves the Jonny-Rocks Stadium at 10.15am.

Coverage

Stay up to date with events at the People's Pension Stadium by following @CTFCofficial on Twitter. You can also check out team news and goal updates on the CTFC Facebook page too.

Post-match visit the club website for full reaction from the management and players, and to read the match report.

You can listen to commentary on iFollow online.


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