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Preview: Crewe Duel With Cheltenham

29 March 2019

Crewe Alexandra are looking to keep alive any lingering play-off aspirations by defeating a Cheltenham Town side who have struggled on the road in recent months.

The Robins have lost their last six consecutive away games in Sky Bet League Two, last picking up any points with a victory at Yeovil on New Years Day.

Contrast to that, their home form has been superb with six wins in their last seven. With the match taking place at Gresty Road, Dave Artell will be hoping to take advantage of the opportunity to push on further up the table.

Now sitting in the top half of the league in 12th, Crewe are still eight points of a play off place, but a string of wins could see the climax to the season become an exciting one.

The sides being chased in sixth & seventh are Forest Green & Exeter, and they both face high-flying MK Dons & Mansfield Town this weekend in what could be a key development in the promotion race.


Date: Saturday 30 March 2019

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Alexandra Stadium

Previous Meeting at Host Club: Crewe 2-1 Cheltenham (May 2018)

Referee: Trevor Kettle (P37, Y154, R6)



Crewe: The Alex will be without left-back Harry Pickering who has had a hernia operation, whilst goalkeeper Dave Richards will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder problem.

George Ray is available again after serving his two-match suspension, but boss Dave Artell faces a tough decision on his team selection with the side winning both of those last two games.

Callum Ainley too is pushing for a recall after netting a brace off the bench at Mansfield last week.


Cheltenham: Former Alex academy man Billy Waters could return to the side having been ineligible to face his parent club Northampton Town last weekend.

Ryan Broom could miss out with a hamstring problem but Jordan Forster could feature after injury, playing 80 minutes of a reserve game earlier this week.

The Robins are determined to turn around that run of six away defeats on the bounce & they could move up two places from 17th to 15th with a victory.

Not in danger of relegation or threatening the promotion race, it's a pressure-free end to the season for Michael Duff's men.


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