League Two betting preview: Let's rock with steady Crewe

 

Crawley returned to the top of League Two last weekend and the common assumption is that the Red Devils are there to stay, but we fancy they could run into a few problems against Crewe on Saturday.

The cheap argument to support this bet would be to say that topping the table comes with its own pressures and Steve Evans' men have been in this position on three separate occasions already this season only to relinquish it, but the simple truth is that we don't doubt for a moment they have what it takes to win the division over the course of 46 matches.

Crawley's quality is without question but when you're busy drawing direct comparisons with the also-rans at this level, it's easy to overlook potential shortcomings that come with inexperience. Just as most visiting teams cannot cope with what's thrown at them in the alien confines of the Broadfield Stadium, it's also true that the Sussex outfit have sometimes struggled to impose themselves when they have pitched up in unfamiliar surroundings.

Everybody remembers the 6-0 hammering they took at Morecambe in September and Evans responded to that embarrassment by strengthening his squad with some key loan signings. However, we're not convinced they have completely eradicated the possibility of further sudden setbacks.

Crawley's away record has been excellent over the past couple of months with five wins from six matches but the recent 1-1 draw at Hereford is a result that provides us with enough optimism to chance the Railwaymen at 4/1 with Coral and Victor Chandler.

Indeed, that was the second time this season that Crawley have been chalked-up at odds-on for an away game and the second time they have failed to win. So there's no saying when and where the hiccups will occur and while it's too early to make any concrete assumptions about Crewe under the guidance of Steve Davis, the early indications have been positive and we've no reason to believe we're backing a lame horse.

It's fair to say the Railwaymen were on course for another season of underachivement until the board stepped in and ushered Dario Gradi upstairs following a dismal 3-0 home defeat against Torquay. At that point, the mood around Gresty Road was beginning to turn sour but Davis has brought new ideas to the table, capitalising on a fresh wave of optimism by taking seven points from his first three matches.

Yoga is just one of the new innovations to be introduced and though the merits of such alterations depends entirely on the attitude of the players, we should trust in Crewe's ability to upset the odds if they do turn up feeling somehow inspired.

Our confidence in the price is only enhanced by the knowledge that the two teams have drawn only five games between them and six of Crewe's eight wins to date have arrived when they have been underdogs.

Recommended bet:

1pt Crawley to beat Crewe at 4/1 (Coral, Victor Chandler)

For more betting news and views, visit Bestofthebets.com

Voices
Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
charity appeal
Sport
Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather
boxing Exclusive: Amir Khan reveals plans to travel to Pakistan
Arts and Entertainment
Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing
tvReview: 'Absolutely phenomenal' Xtra Factor presenter wins Strictly Come Dancing final
Sport
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
footballRonnie Moore says 'he's served his time and the boy wants to play football'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture