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PREVIEW: STOKE CITY

A look-ahead to Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie

23 September 2019

  • Form guide ahead of Tuesday's game

  • Past meetings with Stoke City

  • View from the Potters' camp

  • Past meetings and latest team news

SCENE SETTER

Reds go looking for their second big scalp of the season when Championship side Stoke City visit The People's Pension Stadium in Tuesday's Carabao Cup third round tie, kick off 7.45pm.

THE FORM GUIDE

Reds have only lost twice in league and cup since the opening day of the season and extended their unbeaten run to seven games on Tuesday when goals from Ashley Nathaniel-George and an own goal earned us a 2-2 draw at Northampton Town.

Stoke, who are managed by former Luton boss Nathan Jones, moved off the bottom of the Championship on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Brentford. They are yet to win in the league this season but did knock Leeds United out of the Carabao Cup on penalties at Elland Road, after a 2-2 draw having beaten Wigan Athletic 1-0 away in the first round. 

PAST MEETINGS

The sides have met previously once, in February 2012 when Stoke, then a Premier League club, beat League Two Reds 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth round thanks to Jon Walters' penalty and a second-half header by Peter Crouch. Stoke had been reduced to ten men when Rory Delap was sent off early on but Reds couldn't take advantage of their numerical superiorty.

TEAM NEWS

Joe McNerney and Ashley Nadesan, who will be out for 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury sustained three weeks ago against Portsmouth, miss out but Panutche Camara, who missed the trip to Northampton, is expected to have recovered from a knock to take his place in the squad. Stoke boss Nathan Jones won't be making a raft of changes even though they have a league game against Nottingham Forest on Friday.

Players expected to play include goalkeeper Adam Federici, full backs Tommy Smith and Stephen Ward, midfield pair Jordan Cousins and Ryan Woods, playmaker Mark Duffy andNathan Collins and fit-again Nick Powell. 

THE MATCH OFFICIALS

Kevin Johnson will be in charge on Tuesday.

It will be the sixth time he has refereed a Crawley game. Last season he refereed our 2-0 defeat at Macclesfield Town while in 2017-18 he was in charge of the 1-0 home loss to Carlisle and our 3-0 home win over Grimsby.

In the 2016-17 campaign, he took charge of the 2-0 home defeat against Portsmouth.

His first Crawley appointment was in April 2015 when we lost 2-1 at Scunthorpe United.

This season he has shown 19 yellow and three red cards in eight matches.

Anthony Da Costa and Chris Wade will be his assistants and Sam Lewis is the fourth official.

TICKETS

HOME TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.

HOW THEY BET*

Crawley win: 29/10

Draw: 13/5

Stoke win: 5/6

*Odds correct with EFL partners Sky Bet at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

COVERAGE

There will be live commentary from BBC Sussex & Surrey Sport's Gary Smith and Tony Vessey from 7.40pm on iFollow.

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There will also be coverage across our social media channels throughout the game. @crawleytown on Twitter, Crawley Town FC on Facebook and officialcrawleytownfc on Instagram followed by post-match report and reaction.

COME ON YOU REDS!


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