Fleetwood Town face Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 26 December at The Alexandra Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 3pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Crewe Alexandra v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 26 December 2020
Venue: The Alexandra Stadium, Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6EB
Match officials: Tom Nield (Referee), Marvyn Amphlett & Matthew Smith (Assistant Referees), Peter Wright (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood head to Gresty Road on the back of a three-game unbeaten streak in the league, after beating Swindon Town and getting consecutive draws against Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic.
In the latest game, Town conceded late on in their League One clash against Wigan as they shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Highbury Stadium.
The game was closely fought throughout, but it was Danny Andrew who broke the deadlock midway through the first half as he struck the ball perfectly from 25-yards, beating Jamie Jones. Wigan made a comeback inside the last ten minutes as Oliver Crankshaw latched onto a stray ball in the box, heading it home.
Crewe look towards the first fixture after Christmas with hope as they are also on a three-game unbeaten streak in the league, with three straight victories over Northampton Town, Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon.
Last time out, Crewe managed to grab a last-minute winner in their away fixture at Plough Lane, beating AFC Wimbledon 2-1 to the day.
Former-Fleetwood striker Mikael Mandron opened the scoring on the hour mark, but Wimbledon’s Ryan Longman looked to have shared the points out, scoring in the 90th minute to make it all square. Oliver Finney was the one who grabbed the winner less than 90 seconds from time against The Wombles - securing the side’s third straight 2-1 win.
ONE TO WATCH: MIKAEL MANDRON
The one to watch for Town’s clash with Crewe is the familiar face of forward Mikael Mandron. The 26-year-old has started off the season well for the Cheshire outfit, scoring eight goals in all competitions so far.
Mandron started his career in the North East, in the Sunderland Academy, where he managed to go out on loan three times, with the first being a spell at Highbury Stadium in 2014. The Frenchman found the net once in 13 games for Town, in the year the side secured their spot in League One through the play-offs.
In 2016, he left Sunderland to go to Eastleigh, and made an impact whilst there, even though his stay was only for six-months. Mandron became an ever-present and made 28 appearances in that short time, scoring 10 goals along the way.
Spells as Wigan, Colchester United and Gillingham would follow before the forward made the trip to Gresty Road in the Summer of 2020. Since the start of the season, Mandron has scored nearly a goal every other game for Crewe, making him the top goal scorer for the side in the current campaign.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Crewe Alexandra on Boxing Day.
With games still being played behind closed doors, the match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army during the 2020/21 season.
Joey Barton’s side are set to travel to Cheshire on Boxing Day to face Crewe Alexandra in a festive Sky Bet League One encounter - and you can watch the game for just £10!
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.