Cheltenham v Crawley preview

Cheltenham have a few injury concerns ahead of their Sky Bet League Two opener against Crawley.

Robins boss Gary Johnson has said there are several “niggly” problems but refused to divulge the identity of the concerns. Striker Brian Graham will play no part after he left the club to join Ross County on Thursday. New signings Liam McAlinden, Manny Daku and Jacob Maddox are in line for their debuts.

Crawley’s latest additions David Sesay and Tarryn Allarakhia will be in the squad. Sesay joined after leaving Watford while Allarakhia arrived from Colchester and Harry Kewell could call on both.

Kewell has brought in a host of other players, including Filipe Morais, Romain Vincelot and Dominic Poleon and they should be involved. The Reds finished 14th last season in Kewell’s first campaign in charge.

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Cheltenham have lost only one of their six Football League meetings with Crawley (W4 D1) and came out on top in both of their league meetings last season, including a 5-3 win in March 2018.

Since their promotion to the Football League in 2011, Crawley have never won an away game at Cheltenham in all competitions (P4 W0 D0 L4).

Cheltenham have won four of their previous six opening day fixtures at home, drawing their last two (in 2013-14 and 2016-17).

Crawley Town have lost only one of their seven opening day fixtures in the top four tiers of English football (W4 D2), however that did come last season against Port Vale, a 3-1 defeat.

Cheltenham have never scored more than two goals on the opening day of a Football League campaign (18 matches in total).

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