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PREVIEW | Cambridge United

A full look ahead to Saturday's game at the Checkatrade Stadium

17 August 2017

The Reds will be looking for their first win of the season as they host Cambridge United at the Checkatrade Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Harry Kewell’s men will take on the U’s in their second home game of the season, hoping to get off the mark in the league.

Crawley slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Cheltenham last Saturday, and the side will be looking to bounce back against Shaun Derry’s men.

The Opposition

Cambridge United themselves haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to the new season, having lost both their opening league games and their EFL Cup tie.

They travelled to play-off finalists Exeter City on the opening day where they lost out to a single goal.

A week later they hosted the side that the Grecians knocked out in last season’s play-off semi-finals Carlisle United, and lost out again, this time to a 2-1 scoreline.

In between those league fixtures, they were hosted by Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup, and fell to a 4-1 defeat to the League One side.

Last year Cambridge finished in a respectable 11th place, and were in with an outside shot at the play-offs on the final day, eventually missing out.

Previous Meetings

The two sides have met on five occasions in the past, with the Reds coming out on top in the first three, and United winning the last two.

The first meeting came in September 2014 at the Checkatrade Stadium, with the hosts prevailing 2-0 in the then named Johnstones Paint Trophy.

An own goal from Richard Tait and a second from Charles Banya gave Crawley the win.

August the following year held the first League Two encounter between the two, again with the Reds winning, this time by a 3-0 scoreline.

Roarie Deacon bagged a brace whilst Gwion Edwards scored the third at the Abbey Stadium.

Matt Harrold scored the only goal in that season’s reverse fixture in January 2016, to give his side a 1-0 win and seal a double over the U’s.

However last season provided no such joy, first losing 3-1 at home to United in November 2016, and then 2-0 in April earlier this year.

The Officials

Lee Swabey will take charge of Saturday’s game; a fixture he has done twice before in the past.

Details on this weekend’s officials can be found above.

Ticket News

Information on tickets for the game can be found here

Follow it Live

Fans will be able to listen to full commentary of the game on iFollow Crawley, as well as read minute by minute updates on the club's official Twitter account.

There will be team news both there and on our official Facebook page, as well as coverage on our Instagram account throughout the day too.

After the game all the post-match reaction will be available on iFollow Crawley and a full report will be online.

Fans can sign up to iFollow Crawley and never miss a kick for just £4.49 a month by clicking here. 


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