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Colchester United will take to the pitch with visiting side Crawley Town at JobServe Community Stadium in the League Two fixture on Saturday.
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Colchester United are hoping to win again following the 2-3 League Two success vs Barrow.
For Colchester United, goals were scored by Alan Judge (35'), Freddie Sears (38') and Tom Eastman (80'). Jordan Stevens (25') and Ollie Banks (76') scored for Barrow.
It has been all too rare in recent times that Colchester United have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Colchester United have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 7 goals on the way. Such a trend isn’t assured to be sustained into this game, of course.
Going into this one, Colchester United have not registered a win against Crawley Town in their last 5 league matches.
Crawley Town will come into the clash following a 2-1 League Two win to beat Carlisle United in their previous fixture.
For Crawley Town, the goalscorers were Tom Nichols (32') and Nick Tsaroulla (90'). Jon Mellish (83') was the scorer for Carlisle United.
Looking at their form, and Crawley Town have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 15 goals in all. At the back, Crawley Town seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Their previous form shows that Crawley Town:
- have left without a victory over Colchester United in games played away from home for the previous 4 matches in the league. They'll be keen to stop this run.
- remain undefeated by Colchester United when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 5 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head to head meetings dating back to 01/01/2019 shows us that Colchester United have won 1 of these games & Crawley Town 3, with the number of draws being 2.
A total of 14 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 6 of them for The U's and 8 for The Red Devils. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The last league match between these sides was League Two match day 30 on 20/02/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Crawley Town 1-0 Colchester United.
The referee was Tom Nield.
Team News: Colchester United
The Colchester United manager Hayden Mullins will be thankful to have no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this clash owing to a completely healthy group ready to go.
Team News: Crawley Town
Thanks to a fully injury-free group to pick from, the Crawley Town manager John Yems does not have any fitness concerns at all coming into this clash.
In our view, Crawley Town would be disappointed if they were not to breach the defence of this Colchester United outfit, but it possibly won’t quite be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re tipping a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 winning score for Colchester United by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. Definitely a tough call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: JobServe Community Stadium (10,105)
Captain: Tommy Smith
Chairman: Robbie Cowling
Manager: Hayden Mullins
Competitions: League Two position 10, EFL Trophy (Group A - South)
🔑 Star Player: Freddie Sears
Regularly played in the Striker position, Freddie Sears was born in Hornchurch, England. Having made his senior debut playing for West Ham United in the 2007 - 2008 season, the accomplished Forward has netted 3 league goals in this League Two 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 6 appearances.