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Crawley Town vs Gillingham Match Preview

21 Nov 2022 07:08    

The match

The fourth-tier of English football sees Crawley Town host Gillingham for this rescheduled matchday eight League Two fixture. It’s battle at the bottom of the table as 19th-place Crawley will desperately try to put some breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone as the Red Devils sit just four points above the bottom two. Crawley Town are coming off a 2-1 away defeat to Walsall in their last outing, but can take confidence from the fact that they were victorious in their last appearance at Broadfield Stadium, recording a 1-0 victory over Barrow. On the other side, Gillingham will be seeking a massive three points which would lift them out of the relegation zone and into 21st-place. The Gills have managed just 13 points from 18 matches so far this campaign, with two victories, seven draws and nine defeats. They currently sit second from bottom in 23rd-place and are coming off a 2-0 away loss to Newport Country in their last fixture.

Gillingham have struggled mightily in front of goal this season, as evidenced by their league low six goals scored. That works out to an average of only 0.33 goals scored per match. They’ve now failed to score in four consecutive league matches and have been shutout in 12 of their 18 League Two fixtures. Crawley, on the other hand, have put up some respectable results at home. With wins over Newport, Stockport, Mansfield and Barrow, the Red Devils have actually managed to win half of their home outings which is a big reason as to why they are not joining Gillingham in the relegation zone. Crawley’s defensive record is certainly a concern (second worst in League Two with 30 goals conceded) but they’ve been able to find the net at a respectable rate at home to somewhat negate that.

Key Statistics

Gillingham have only scored two goals in nine away League Two matches this season.

Gillingham have failed to win in their nine away League Two matches and have only managed to pick up a total of three points.

Crawley have been decent at home, with all their wins coming at Broadfield Stadium. The Red Devils are 4-0-4 in front of the home fans compared to 0-5-5 as the visitors.

The bet of our experts

We’re going to back Crawley Town to get the win here and pick up a vital three points which will push them above Newport to 18th in the standings. Gillingham have just been a terrible attacking team this season which has been even more evident on their travels, where they have managed to find the net just twice. With Crawley’s respectable 50% winning record at home combined with Gillingham having lost 66% of their away matches, this is an excellent price to back a home win.

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