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1 December 2020

Match Previews


1 December 2020

After last Saturday’s late heroics against rivals Oxford United, Swindon Town’s wave of momentum will take them to Crewe Alexandra in a contest which could take drag both teams right up the table.

Tom Broadbent’s smart hooked finish, and Tyler Smith's winning touch sent Swindon fans into the streets in celebration.

It was also a victory which could not have come at a better time, with Town and Alexandra currently neck and neck, with both sides on sixteen points and the home side only above thanks to a superior goal difference.

Depending on other results, a win for John Sheridan’s Swindon could take them as high as 12th position and into the top half of the table for the first time since the early stages of the season.

The win against United was Swindon’s first away victory in League One this season, but with that burden now firmly consigned to history, confidence and belief are as high as they have ever been.

The opposition:

Crewe Alexandra took a break from League One action last Saturday as they travelled to League Two promotion chasers Cheltenham in the second round of the FA Cup. 

Unfortunately for the railway men, the home side were beaten in the dying stages as Cheltenham’s George Lloyd scored in the 94th minute to send Alexandra crashing out of the competition.

Their last five league games have yielded a mixed bag with results: losing at home to Accrington Stanley (0-1), Gillingham (0-1) and were firmly beaten at Fratton Park by Portsmouth 4-1.

However, in between those frustrating defeats were notable victories with an impressive 2-0 home victory against second placed Peterborough and a 2-0 away victory to Oxford United.

David Artell’s side are physical but do possess pace on counter attacks and will be a very firm test for Sheridan’s side.

They typically set up with an attack minded 4-3-3 and will look to play through the defensive lines.

There have been 40 meetings between the two sides between 1969 and January 2020.

Crewe have been victorious in three of the last five encounters, but Swindon were the victors in the previous match in January, beating Alexandra 3-1 at the County Ground.

Town are also ahead of the home side in the overall record between the sides, winning 19 out of the 40 matches between the sides, with Crewe notching up 15 wins and there only being six draws.

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