Match Preview: Crewe Alexandra vs Cambridge United
Tonight we host Cambridge United at the Alexandra Stadium. So far this season they have been inconsistent in the league, starting off with back-to-back defeats against Exeter City and Carlisle United, wins against Crawley Town and Colchester United (both 1-0) either side of a 0-0 home draw to Morecambe before Saturday`s 3-1 defeat at Barnet. They have also lost in the 1st Round of the EFL Cup to Bristol Rovers and had a penalty defeat to Northampton Town in the EFL Trophy.
During the summer, they have made 8 permanent signings with goalkeepers David Forde and Dimitar Mitov arriving to compete for the #1 shirt, midfielders David Amoo, Gary Deegan and Emmanuel Osadebe have joined from Patrick Thistle, Shrewsbury Town and Gillingham respectively whilst the forward options have been strengthened with the arrivals of Jabo Ibehre, Ade Azeez and Jevani Brown. 2 defenders have arrived on loan as centre-backs Kyle Howkins and George Taft have joined from West Brom and Mansfield respectively, both until the new year.
Crewe Alexandra Team News:
Midfielder Conor Grant will could make the bench after being knocked unconscious in the clubs`s defeat against Grimsby just over a week ago. James Jones is back in training but this game comes too early for him whilst George Ray is still a couple of months away from returning.
Cambridge United Team News:
The only player that is likely to miss out is striker Azeez limped off against Barnet at the weekend.
Last Time Out:
Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Cambridge United, 1st April 2017
Last season`s corresponding fixture saw Cambridge come out on top in April by the same 2-1 score-line they won at the Abbey Stadium earlier in the season. Luke Berry gave Cambridge the lead on 37 minutes as Luke Berry played a 1-2 with Conor Newton before firing past Ben Garratt off the inside of the post. Crewe got back level 13 minutes into the second period with Chris Dagnall`s cross turned in by Leon Legge past his own keeper for an own goal before Berry got the winner on 72 minutes with a 25-yard free-kick into the bottom corner. Late substitute Paul Lewis was sent off minutes after coming on for a 2-footed challenge on Dagnall in the 90th minute.
Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Ray ©, Nugent, Bakayago (Ng 76); Jones, Bingham, Cooke (Kiwomya 76); Dagnall, Bowery, Cooper
Looking back through the archives, the 2 clubs have met 26 times with Cambridge leading the head-to-head having 12 wins to 7 with 7 draws. The biggest win for Crewe was the 3-0 victory in October 1986 whilst Cambridge`s biggest win came the following August with a 4-1 win, both at The Abbey Stadium.