Crewe face arguably their toughest test of the campaign so far when they hit the road again to Newport County AFC this weekend.
The Exiles are on a 14-game unbeaten run that stretches back to last season, and they also had one of the best home records in the division in 2018/19.
But most of those games have been draws & the Alex are showing form too - enough to have them sitting top of League Two four games in.
Michael Flynn's side have picked up where they left off last season after suffering play-off final heartbreak at Wembley in May, winning two & drawing three in their first five league & cup games.
So far, they've drawn with Mansfield, Cambridge & Walsall whilst also beating Plymouth 1-0 last time out on their own patch.
It was Argyle who inflicted the only defeat on the Alex so far this season on the opening day, with victories at Oldham, Middlesbrough & Crawley supplementing a home win over Walsall.
Two teams on form & an interesting contest ahead at Rodney Parade.
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Date: Saturday 23 August 2019
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Rodney Parade
Referee: Leigh Doughty
Previous Meeting at Host Club: Newport 1-0 Crewe (August 2018)
Crewe: Olly Lancashire returns from his one-match suspension to return to the matchday squad.
Daniel Powell & Harry Pickering are both rated as 50/50 ahead of the tip due to illness & a hip problem respectively.
New signing Chuma Anene is awaiting international clearance & could be involved if cleared in time.
Newport: County will be without defender Mickey Demitriou who suffered a long term injury in last weekend's victory over Plymouth Argyle.
Joss Ladabie came off at half-time at Walsall on Tuesday with a minor problem & it's unclear whether the domineering midfielder will be available for selection this weekend.
There are also fitness concerns over Robbie Willmott for the Alex clash.
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