The Alex travel to Vale Park for a Carabao Cup second-round tie against local rivals Port Vale on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Lee Bell’s men will aim to make further progress in the competition after knocking Championship side Sunderland out in round one.
After a disastrous 7-0 opening-day defeat, Vale have been unbeaten in their past five games - winning four. They sit 6th in League One after a superb response to the early setback.
Andy Crosby was appointed permanent manager in May after a spell as interim boss.
The former Oxford and Scunthorpe defender Crosby was previously caretaker manager of the Northern Ireland U21 during 2020-21.
Lee Bell: “It’s a fixture that captures the imagination of the public in Staffordshire and South Cheshire. We can’t get wrapped up in that. This is a completely different game to Sunderland because of the rivalry that exists, so we are looking forward to it."
Andy Crosby: "We have to keep raising our level of performance. If we want to progress on the pitch our levels have to go up. If the level of training is high then we will collect the fruits of that so nobody is here to rest on their laurels."
There have been 81 meetings between Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra. The Valiants have come out on top 38 times with the Railwaymen winning 20 times. The remaining 23 games have been draws. The last three meetings have ended with a 1-0 scoreline to Port Vale.
Crewe's allocation of 1,031 is now completely sold out. There will be no entry allowed at the gate.
How to Get There
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The referee for tomorrow’s clash is Sebastian Stockbridge. The linesmen are Ollie Williams and Callum Jones. The fourth official is Thomas Kirk.
Elsewhere in the Carabao Cup
Swansea v Bournemouth; Birmingham v Cardiff; Bolton v Middlesborough; Bristol City v Norwich; Exeter v Stevenage; Fulham v Stevenage; Luton v Gillingham; Newport v Brentford; Plymouth v Crystal Palace; Portsmouth v Peterborough; Sheff Wed v Mansfield; Stoke v Rotherham; Tranmere v Leicester; Wolves v Blackpool; Wrexham v Bradford; Wycombe v Sutton United; Reading v Ipswich; Salford v Leeds.
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