Crewe Alexandra are hoping to make their best start to the season for 70 years against Cambridge United at Gresty Road tomorrow.
They're already enjoying the best opening since the mid-90s, but if David Artell's side record all three points against the U's then it will beat the previous record stretching back to the 1949-50 campaign.
The Railwaymen are flying right now, winning five of the opening seven Sky Bet League Two games and sitting pretty inside the top three - the automatic promotion places.
But Cambridge represent the archetypal banana skin - and not just because of their yellow shirts. The U's have lost their last five games in all competitions & in years gone by, this is exactly the kind of game the Alex normally slip up in.
David Artell's side seem to be made of sterner stuff this season though, already winning three matches away from home this campaign when there were just four during the entire 2018/19 campaign.
Colin Calderwood's side made an unbeaten start to the season, drawing three & winning two of their first five in all competitions, but the league record now reads two wins, two draws & three defeats with the U's residing in the bottom half.
Come along to Gresty Road & see what all the fuss is about and hopefully be part of history!
Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Alexandra Stadium
Referee: David Rock
Previous Meeting at Host Club: Crewe 2-0 Cambridge United (November 2018)
Crewe: Will Jaaskelainen is available available after returning from a successful international break with Finland Under 21s, but Dave Richards may keep his spot in goal after saving a penalty & keeping a clean sheet at Grimsby last weekend.
There are not thought to be any serious injury concerns in the squad with the players enjoying a rest week ahead of this next fixture.
Aside from the goalkeeping department, Dave Artell could stick with the same ten outfield players that have won the last two league games against Bradford & Grimsby.
Cambridge: Kyle Knoyle could return having missed the majority of the season so far with a shoulder injury, but fellow full-back Dan Jones is still unavailable with a broken foot.
The U's have signed free agent defender Elliott Ward in time for the game & he could go straight into the side for the trip to Crewe.
Jack Roles & Reggie Lambe return to the squad having been away with Cyprus & Bermuda on international duty.
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