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Crewe Alexandra play host to the visiting Colchester United at Mornflake Stadium in this League Two tie on Saturday.
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Crewe Alexandra will play in this fixture following on from a 2-2 League Two stalemate vs AFC Wimbledon.
For Crewe Alexandra, goals were scored by Joel Tabiner (51') and Elliott Nevitt (100'). Josh Neufville (30') and James Tilley (38') scored for AFC Wimbledon.
It’s been seldom in recent games where Crewe Alexandra have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. It will be a concern for them that Crewe Alexandra have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 6 goals on the way.
Coming into this fixture, Crewe Alexandra have not been beaten in their last 11 home league matches. They have been so resilient here.
After tasting defeat last time out to Tottenham Hotspur U23s in EFL Trophy action, Colchester United will be aiming to make amends here.
Jude Soonsup-Bell (53', 73') was the scorer for Tottenham Hotspur U23s.
Throughout their six latest matches, Ben Garner's Colchester United have managed to stick the ball in the net a total of 8 times thus yielding them a goals per game average of 1.33.
Coming into this clash, Colchester United haven't won against Crewe Alexandra when they have played them away from home in the previous 6 league matches. Not the best of away records.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head clashes stretching back to 17/02/2018 shows that Crewe Alexandra have won 3 of these games & Colchester United 2, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
15 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 4 for The Railwaymen and 11 for The U's. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The previous league fixture featuring these sides was League Two match day 41 on 10/04/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Colchester United 4-0 Crewe Alexandra.
The match was refereed by Will Finnie.
Team News: Crewe Alexandra
The Crewe Alexandra manager Lee Bell doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this game owing to a fully healthy group available to choose from.
It looks as if The Railwaymen should go for a 4-3-3 system, utilising Harvey Davies, Rio Adebisi, Luke Offord, Mickey Demetriou, Zac Williams, Joe White, Jack Powell, Joel Tabiner, Shilow Tracey, C. Baker-Richardson and Chris Long.
Team News: Colchester United
Colchester United manager Ben Garner has to currently contend with reduced team options. Fiacre Kelleher (Groin Injury), Ellis Iandolo (Ankle Injury), Tom Dallison (Ankle Injury) and Nico Lawrence (Ankle Injury) will miss out on this game.
It’s our belief that The U's will likely utilise a 3-4-3 formation, going with Owen Goodman, Mandela Egbo, Zach Mitchell, Connor Hall, Jayden Fevrier, Arthur Read, Cameron McGeehan, Al-Amin Kazeem, Joe Taylor, Noah Chilvers and Samson Tovide.
Our thinking is that Colchester United should get enough chances to break down this Crewe Alexandra lineup, but it isn’t expected to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We reckon that it will be both teams to score in a 2-1 winning margin for Crewe Alexandra after the 90. It’s a very tough call.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Mornflake Stadium (10,153)
Captain: Luke Offord
Chairman: Charles Grant
Manager: Lee Bell
Competitions: League Two position 7, EFL Trophy (Group B - North)
⭐ Star Man: Courtney Baker-Richardson
Customarily playing in the Striker position, Courtney Baker-Richardson was born in Coventry, England. After having played his first senior match for Tamworth in the 2013 - 2014 season, the dangerous Forward has contributed 3 league goals in the League Two 2023 - 2024 season to date in 6 appearances.