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Preview: Crawley Town (A)

15 September 2017

Notts County travel to Crawley Town this weekend looking to move top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

The Magpies are unbeaten in seven games and have won their last three league outings without conceding a goal, sitting three points adrift of table-topping Exeter City.

Crawley had a rocky start to the season under rookie head coach Harry Kewell but the former Liverpool winger has seen his side's fortunes improve of late, losing just one of their last four.

The Red Devils are 18th in the table but, after picking up their first home win of the season against Yeovil Town last time out, they will hope to push themselves further clear of the relegation zone.

Notts manager Kevin Nolan says...

"They are a good side with plenty of threats but also some weaknesses which I think we can exploit.

"We'll be going there to win the game and hopefully continue the good run we're on."

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Crawley head coach Harry Kewell says...

"Notts County is going to be tough - they're on a good run. Kevin Nolan has his team working and they've got good experience.

"It'll be nice to face Kevin. We've both taken similar jobs and both want the same things.

"I'll be looking forward to welcoming him. Instead of tackling each other we'll probably be arguing for 90 minutes!"

Team news

Striker Shola Ameobi is likely to miss out with a hamstring injury but Nolan has no other injury worries as he makes the long trip south.

The manager made five changes for the 1-0 win over Swindon in midweek and some impressive performances by those who stepped in will have given him a selection headache ahead of the trip to the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

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Jordan Roberts is Crawley's top goalscorer so far this season with three goals, including a match-winning brace in the recent 2-0 win against Yeovil Town.

The midfielder has missed the last few games through injury but is available for selection this weekend.

The former Inverness man scored four times last season and is already close to matching that tally within six weeks of the season starting.

We've met before...

Crawley has been a happy hunting ground for Notts in recent years, the Magpies winning all four games between the sides since being relegated to League Two - including their last two visits to West Sussex.

An own goal by James Collins, a penalty from Jon Stead and a strike from Adam Campbell saw the Magpies rally from a goal behind to win 3-1 on their last visit.

The season prior, Filip Valencic's stunning volley ensured victory in Jamie Fullarton's first match in charge of County.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts up as 23/20 favourites for victory on Saturday afternoon, while Crawley are 12/5 to end County's unbeaten streak. The draw is available at 23/10.

A repeat 3-1 scoreline from Notts' last win at the Checkatrade.com Stadium is 16/1, with another 1-0 win at 7/1 or a 2-0 win at 9/1.

Fancy Notts to win and keep another clean sheet? You can get 3/1 on Nolan's men winning the game to-nil and the same price for both teams scoring with the three points coming back to Nottingham.

Jonathan Forte could be in line for another start with Shola Ameobi still sidelined by a hamstring problem. The forward is 5/1 to open the scoring this weekend.

Carl Dickinson came close to scoring against Swindon in midweek, hitting the post with a free-kick. Could his first Notts goal arrive on Saturday? The full back is 22/1 to be the first name on the scoresheet.

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