SCENE SETTER

Reds will play their first Emirates FA Cup game of the season in a first-round tie against National League table-toppers Torquay United at Plainmoor. 

FORM GUIDE: 

The Reds have had a promising start to the 2020/21 season, but are yet to find much consistency in terms of results. After travelling to Salford City and taking a well-earned point in an impressive away performance, Crawley had a fantastic week in which they defeated both Tranmere Rovers and high-flying Cambridge United at The People’s Pension Stadium. 

Goals from Max Watters, Tom Nichols, Jordan Tunnicliffe and Tyler Frost guided the Reds to a 4-0 victory over Tranmere, who struggled to create any chances in the game in which Crawley were so strong both defensively and in attack. Three days later, we made it two consecutive league wins, beating second-placed Cambridge 2-1 after falling behind three minutes in. Goals again from that strike partnership of Max Watters and Tom Nichols were again enough for all three points.

We then travelled to Banks’s Stadium to face Walsall, who tested the Reds defensively, and for the first time in five league games, Crawley were unable to score in 90 minutes, losing out 1-0 in a difficult fixture, where perhaps we deserved a point from the game. 

Tomorrow’s opposition, Torquay United, sit in 1st in the National League table, after an impressive start to the season, scoring 17 and conceding only 5. 

Torquay are unbeaten in their previous five league games, winning all five ties against the likes of Hartlepool and Aldershot, who they defeated 5-0 and 4-1 respectively. Torquay’s only league defeat of the season so far came at Eastleigh, where they lost 2-1 after going ahead.

 

THE HISTORY

Crawley fans will remember our 1-0 away win in 2011 against Sunday’s hosts, in a game that meant we travelled to Old Trafford to face Premier League Manchester United in the next round. 

Seven months later we returned to Plainmoor where we ran out 3-1 winners in a League Two game full of thrill and excitement. But it was Torquay who won the reverse fixture in March at The People’s Pension Stadium, winning 1-0 in a team featuring Dannie Bulman. 

THE OPPOSITION

Torquay have won 6 of their 7 league games this season, sitting top of the league table. Danny Wright has scored six goals this term, with a brace against Aldershot and an impressive hat-trick at Hartlepool United. 

Defender Kyle Cameron has been a crucial figure this season. Keeping three clean sheets and scoring twice against Dover in a 2-0 home win. 

TEAM NEWS

Glenn Morris looks like a doubt after he was substituted in the second half against Walsall on Tuesday. 

Reece Grego-Cox remains absent after the injury he picked up at Exeter City last season.

 

HOW THEY BET*

Torquay United 19/10

Draw 13/5

Crawley Town 5/4

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

COVERAGE

The match will be streamed live on BBC Television Services.