Fleetwood Town travel to Sky Bet League Two side Crawley Town on Sunday in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup, and we have all you need to know in our match preview.
Fixture: Crawley Town v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Emirates FA Cup (Second Round)
Date: Sunday 1 December 2019
Kick-Off: 14:00 BST
Venue: The People’s Pension Stadium, Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11 9RX
Match officials: Matthew Donohue (Referee), Ryan Whitaker & Justin Amey (Assistants), Paul Yates (Fourth official)
Mr. Donohue has taken charge of 15 games this season, with majority of those being in Sky Bet Championship. He has shown 59 yellow and four red cards, with one being in his only League One fixture, which was between MK Dons and Tranmere Rovers.
Crawley sit 17th in Sky Bet League Two after five wins, six draws and eight losses to their name. Their last match saw them lose 1-0 at home to Exeter City, with Dean Moxey scoring 15 minutes from time.
In the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup, The Reds beat fellow League Two side Scunthorpe United. Former Town forward Ashley Nadesan opened the scoring just before half-time, with Reece Grego-Cox scoring two in ten minutes, and Ashley Nathaniel-George making it four.
Fleetwood made it through to the Second Round of the competition after a comfortable 2-0 away win at National League side, Barnet. Ched Evans opened the scoring at The Hive Stadium, with Ash Hunter sealing the win late in the second half.
Town were in action on Tuesday night in the Leasing.com Trophy. The Toffees were their opponents at Goodison Park, with a seat in the Third Round of the competition up for grabs. With a clean sheet, and goals from Danny Andrew, Paul Coutts, Paddy Madden and Wes Burns, the Cod Army will wait to see who is up next in the competition.
Jordan Rossiter picked up an injury in Fleetwood’s 2-1 home win over Tranmere last Saturday, and news broke on Friday that the on-loan Rangers man would be out for a long period of time. Bar that injury to Rossiter, Barton has a full strength squad to choose from this Sunday.
ONE TO WATCH: BERYLY LUBALA
Lubala was born in Democratic Republic of the Congo, but was raised in Leicester. After impressing at grassroots level, the striker caught the eye of Birmingham City – and took up a scholarship with the club in 2014.
Whilst at St. Andrews, he signed his first professional contract in April 2016 and was a regular in the Under 23s, with the occasional call up to the first team. He made his City debut against Bristol City in April 2018.
The 21-year-old’s contract was up at Birmingham City in 2019, and made the move to Crawley in the summer to rejoin former City coach, Gabriele Cioffi. He scored in each of Crawley’s first four matches that season.
This season he has scored nine goals in 24 appearances, with his latest being in their 1-1 draw at home against Morecambe.
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WHAT JOEY BARTON HAD TO SAY:
Joey Barton spoke to the media on Friday afternoon ahead of the game, and you can listen to the full interview on iFollow.
WHAT JOSH MORRIS HAD TO SAY:
Fleetwood Town forward Josh Morris was on press duty with Barton, and you can watch the full interview on iFollow HERE.
THOUGHTS FROM THE CRAWLEY CAMP: GLENN MORRIS
Crawley Town goalkeeper, Glenn Morris spoke to the local Crawley media ahead of the game, and he has said there is confidence around the place with a place in the Third Round at stake.
“Morris said: “At the minute, things are just not quite going for us. I don’t like saying that too much but it wasn’t our afternoon last time out.
“On another day, we could have won. What can you do? You have got to move on and look forward to the next game and take it from there.
“We are performing well and if we can take that into the game, we’ll be fine. It’s a great competition and the club has got history there so we look forward to that.
“We will have a look at what they can do but we’ll only worry about us and if we play like we know we can, we’ll cause any team trouble.
“We’ll just focus on ourselves. We’ve got a nice little break but it would have been nicer to go into that break with a win. Sometimes you can’t control that.”
TICKET & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Joey Barton’s side will make their way down south to The People’s Pension Stadium on Sunday 1 December (2pm kick-off) for a place in the all-important Third Round.
The Cod Army will be sitting in the People’s Pension Stand, and the terraced KRL Stand, with tickets priced as follows:
Adults – £10
Concessions & Under 21s - £5
Under 11s – FREE (*Must be accompanied by a full paying adult or concession).
Coach travel is just £5 for Onward Card holders, with the price £23 for all other supporters.
To book your travel, please contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.
Fleetwood Town are favourites to progress into the next round of the FA Cup, and you can back that with 4/5 odds with our betting partners, SkyBet. For Fleetwood to qualify, the odds are 4/11.
If you think Joey Barton’s side will win 3-0, 3-1, or 3-2, the odds you will get are 9/2.
Here are some of the odds for players to score in 90 minutes:
Ched Evans – 7/5
Conor McAleny – 21/10
Ash Hunter – 3/1
Harry Souttar – 15/2
Lewie Coyle – 22/1
For more odds on SkyBet, click HERE. Please remember to bet and gamble responsibly.