Fleetmaster Big Match Preview – Crawley Town

Alexander takes his side to Sussex with the Dons sitting top of the league.

The Dons are having their best league start in years with two wins in a row and a win at Crawley will get many checking the record books as we aren’t usually good starters in league campaigns.

Last League Game

The Dons won at home. I’ll say that again. The Dons won at home, 1 – 0 against  Tranmere. When you consider we only won four at home last season and you look at the manner of the way we did it, backs to the wall, riding our luck at times and not rolling over like last season. We’ll, that creates a belief, a unity amongst the players we didn’t have in league one.

Crawley were expected by many to struggle, but their early form is impressive. They’ve had two tight games against two of the stronger teams and are unbeaten. On Saturday they came away from Salford with a point and they could easily have had three.

Dons 1st Crawley 6th

Team News

I don’t think many will expect any changes from Alexander’s starting eleven tonight. He clearly has limited options of players he believes in.

Twice now, he’s fielded the same side and its won. He hasn’t used his subs like most managers and many think this is to show options are limited as we lack experience and strength in depth.

There’s no news of injuries sustained from Saturday, Lewington is the only one definitely out for tonight.

A worry for the Dons will be the rate of yellow cards being collected by MacGillivray and Eisa. Both are already on two yellows.

Crawley, from their results, seem to have tight games. Even their Carabao Cup defeat at League One Exeter was a tight 2-1 game. They don’t appear to be troubled by injuries either.

Game Plan

Crawley present a different challenge to Wrexham and Tranmere and Alexander will set his side to face this new test. The midfield will be the key tonight, and while they’ve done well so far, they need to be able to counter a team that changes its formation and do things to get back on top again.

Eisa and Leko need to link like they did in Wales and be clinical when chances are limited.

Dons Line-Up

We’re going for the same eleven from the previous league game and not many subs being used.

MacGillivray, Norman, Tucker, O’Hora, Smith, Harvie, Williams, Gilbey, Robson, Leko, Eisa.

Score Prediction

Crawley 0 Dons 1

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