Bradford City AFC come to Gresty Road as one of the pre-season favourites for promotion and an immediate return to Sky Bet League One.
The Bantams have picked up eight points from their first five fixtures but are unbeaten on the road so far, drawing at Grimsby & winning at Stevenage so far.
Despite two defeats this past week to Newport and Aston Villa, confidence remains high in the Crewe Alex camp after a good performances & the overall start to the season has been a positive one with nine points on the board in the league standings.
Bradford have won their last two visits to Gresty Road 1-0, with Dave Artell hoping his side can break that sequence this weekend.
Date: Saturday 31 August 2019
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Alexandra Stadium
Referee: Darren Handley
Previous Meeting at Host Club: Crewe 0-1 Bradford (March 2016)
Crewe: Will Jaaskelainen is available before heading off on duty with Finland Under 21s, with new goalkeeper Sam Booth also available.
Harry Pickering is rated as 50/50 ahead of the contest as he continues to struggle with a hip problem that has kept him out of the last two games.
Rio Adebisi impressed on debut against Aston Villa in midweek & he may keep his place with Nicky Hunt pushing for a recall.
Bradford: Adam Henley remains unavailable with Shay McCarten returning to contention.
Jake Reeves & Zeli Ismail are also rated as 50/50 and could make their returns to action.
Jamie Devitt could return to Gresty Road for the first time since receiving a straight red card for his stamp on Perry Ng in Carlisle's match here last season.
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