“Cause the devil’s red, but his money’s green"
- Neon Sky, Bob Seger (1973)
Walsall entertain Crawley Town this weekend in a clash of the mid-table titans that promises to be classic mid-table fodder served up by two teams destined to end the season in mid-table.
Crawley sit 13th in League Two, one place and one point below the Saddlers and with a current record of P27 W7 D11 L9 F35 A37 32Pts. The Red Devils are in decent form under new manager John Yems and enjoying an unbeaten five game run that includes home wins over Northampton and Bradford.
Their away record is the third poorest in the division, having won just one league game on the road in 13 attempts. That said, they’ve still managed 10 points on their travels, which is only three fewer than Walsall have taken at home this term…
Bez Lubala leads Crawley’s scoring charts with 11 goals and 2 assists, followed by Ollie Palmer (8G, 2A), Nathan Ferguson (5G, 3A) and Reece Grego-Cox (5G, 2A).
Recent League Form
Dec 26 Northampton (H) Won 4-0
Dec 29 Grimsby (A) Drew 1-1
Jan 01 Colchester (A) Drew 1-1
Jan 04 Forest Green (H) Drew 1-1
Jan 11 Bradford (H) Won 2-1
As mentioned above, Crawley have won just one away game in the league this season. In fact, they have only won two away games in all competitions.
Predictably, the other victory came at Bescot back on September 28th as a 3-2 win saw them knock Walsall out of the League Cup. Filipe Morais (21’) and Tom Dallison-Lisbon (48’) gave the visitors a comfortable lead before a penalty from Caolan Lavery (54’), his first Walsall goal, narrowed the score.
Ashley Nadesan restored the visitors’ two-goal lead minutes later and despite another goal from Lavery (71’), the Saddlers didn’t have enough to save the game.
Crawley went on to reach Round Four of the competition, beating Norwich and Stoke along the way before defeat at home to Colchester cost them a Quarter Final tie at Manchester United.
Played for Both
The only current link is Matt Sadler, who ended his first spell at Walsall (46 games, 1 goal) to join Crawley in 2012. He enjoyed two seasons in West Sussex (92 games, 2 goals) before joining Rotherham in 2014, though he returned for a ten game loan at the Broadfield Stadium shortly after.
Billy Clifford joined Walsall from Chelsea in 2014 but only managed a handful of first team games. The midfielder went on to spend two years with Crawley (43 games, 1 goal) before dropping into non-league. He currently plays for Wealdstone FC of the National League South.
Crawley are on a good run and it’s very difficult to predict a home win these days. One-all draw.
- Walsall Win
- Crawley Win