Crewe Alexandra and Northampton Town will go head-to-head in arguably League Two’s fixture of the weekend, on Saturday (3pm).
The Cobblers will arrive at Mornflake Stadium aiming to protect their unbeaten record and extend their one-point advantage over The Railwaymen.
But Alex Morris’s men will be confident of making it three home league wins on the spin, having not yet conceded a goal in South Cheshire.
The Cobblers have made a very strong start to the League Two campaign and share the lead with three other teams.
The unbeaten side, who are among the favourites to win promotion, have three wins and a draw from their first four games.
Aussie Jon Brady, who played for the likes of Stevenage and Cambridge, took his first job in management at Brackley Town in 2009.
In 2016 he became a youth coach at Northampton and has worked his way up the ranks to become boss, in 2019.
Alex Morris: “They will be right up there, Jon Brady has done a great job. They can play nice build-up stuff to get them into the top third of the pitch, and then play a lot of through balls into runners – they are the best in the league at that. There are different ways they can hurt you, so we’ll be doing a lot of planning to make sure we are ready."
Jon Brady: “Crewe have had a great start and it will be really tough, but we are in good spirits and we are really looking forward to the game. This group is finding a way to win and psychologically that is hugely important. They never know when they are beaten and I’ve learned a lot already about the character of the group."
Alex Morris will check on the fitness of Rod McDonald (groin) and could have keeper Dave Richards back in the squad. But he will be without Bassala Sambou (suspended), Christopher Long (illness), Rio Adebisi (foot), and Charlie Colkett (hamstring).
Jack Sowerby (knock) is a potential doubt for the visitors, and Akin Odimayo, Sam Sherring, and Aaron McGowan missed their last game. Tyler Magloire hobbled off in their 3-2 midweek win over Crawley.
Head to Head
Crewe have won 26 of the 71 games between the clubs. Northampton have won 29, and 16 have ended as a draw.
David Webb, who became an EFL referee in 2008, will take charge of the game. James Wilson and Matthew Smith will be his assistants, while the fourth official will be Lee Freeman.
Elsewhere in League Two
Hartlepool v Bradford; Barrow v Harrogate, Colchester v Leyton Orient, Crawley v Wimbledon, Doncaster v Salford, Gillingham v Walsall, Grimsby v Sutton, Mansfield v Stockport, Newport v Tranmere, Stevenage v Carlisle, Swindon v Rochdale.
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