Crewe Alexandra head into the Cheshire Derby with Macclesfield still unbeaten at home, but desperate for three points after back-to-back away defeats.
The Silkmen are yet to win in League Two this season with two draws & three defeats to their name.
Date: Saturday 1 September 2018
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Alexandra Stadium
Previous Meeting At Host Club: Crewe 0-1 Macclesfield (January 2011)
Referee: Carl Boyeson (PL4, 15YC, 0RC)
Crewe: Crewe have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Cheshire match-up, with long-term absentees Harry Pickering & Paul Green on the sidelines. However, George Ray could be in line for a return after his injury lay-off.
New signing Kevin O'Connor could go straight into the side at left-back after linking up with the squad this week, or one of Nicky Hunt, Perry Ng or Eddie Nolan could continue to deputise.
Dave Artell will be glad to get his troops back on home soil after a torrid few weeks on the road. The Alex are unbeaten at Gresty Road, but shipped seven goals & lost both matches away at Colchester & Carlisle.
Macclesfield: The Silkmen are yet to win in League Two this season, drawing two & losing three.
But they have set-up a mouthwatering Carabao Cup Third Round tie at West Ham after overcoming Bradford & Walsall - both on penalty-kicks - in the first two phases.
Macc are without Ryan Lloyd & Elliot Durrell, with Ben Stephens & Michael Rose being monitored ahead of the clash.
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