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Crawley Town vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 40

5 April 2021

© Eddie Garvey
Match Previews

Crawley Town vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 40

5 April 2021

Another Sky Bet League Two campaign starts to come to an end with a trip to Crawley on Easter Monday (3pm KO).

Latics were on the wrong side of a 1-0 score line in the last game as they lost to Stevenage on Good Friday.

Form Guide

Latics’ opponents are currently on a poor run of form and find themselves without a win in five games.

Last time out, they drew 0-0 with Scunthorpe United which did put an end to a three game losing streak.

Crawley find themselves 14th in the League Two table, seven points better off than Oldham.

The Red Devils’ last six:

  1.  Scunthorpe United 0-0 Crawley Town
  2. Carlisle United 2-0 Crawley Town
  3. Crawley Town 1-3 Port Vale
  4. Barrow 3-2 Crawley Town
  5. Crawley Town 1-1 Walsall
  6. Crawley Town 1-0 Mansfield Town

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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Meetings: 11

Latics wins: 5
Crawley wins: 4
Draws: 2

When the two sides met at Boundary Park in September it was the Red Devils that were victorious.

Despite leading through Danny Rowe, Latics found themselves 3-1 down with 20 minutes to play and Conor McAleny’s 79th minute strike unfortunately was just a consolation effort.

Team News

It looks like Zak Dearnley, George Blackwood and Marcus Barnes are still out of action for an extended period with injuries, but are all working hard on a return before the end of the season.

Whilst goalkeeper Ian Lawlor is out injured for what looks like the remainder of the campaign.

Dylan Bahamboula has returned from international duty and should be available for selection.

Watch Out For

Crawley have failed to score in either of their last two games but if there’s anyone who can end that streak, it’s Tom Nichols.


Nichols has scored a very respectable 11 times for the Red Devils this season, with one of those coming in their victory against Latics at Boundary Park.

The forward arrived this summer following his release from League One side Bristol Rovers.

He began his career with Exeter City and after loan spells with Dorchester Town, Hereford United and Bath City, Nichols started to make an impact at St James Park.

He was the Grecians’ top scorer in the 2014-15 season, scoring 15 goals in 39 appearances and also made a name for himself in 2016, scoring and winning the man of the match award in an FA Cup tie with Liverpool.

His form with Exeter earned him an undisclosed transfer to Peterborough United where he managed 14 goals in 58 appearances before making the move to Bristol Rovers.

Nichols had a brief loan spell with Cheltenham town which was cut short due to the 2019/20 season being cut short.

In The Dugout

Yems was appointed manager at the Broadfield Stadium in December 2019 replacing Gabriele Ciofi.

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Yems had a brief spell as part of the management team in interim charge with the Red Devils in the 2006/07 season.

In between his times with Crawley, Yems has had a wide range of jobs in football including being part of the scouting team at Newcastle United.


Broadfield Stadium (AKA - The People's Pension Stadium)

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Capacity: 6,134
Built & Opened: 1997
Record Attendance: 5,880 - Saturday 5 January 2013 vs. Reading (FA Cup).

Match Officials

Today's referee is Will Finnie, standing in for James Adcock who was originally appointed.

He has taken charge of 29 games this campaign, handing out 78 bookings and three red cards.

His last game involving Latics was back in November in the 2-1 win over Cheltenham at Boundary Park.

He will be assisted by Richard Morris and Stephen Finch, the vacant Fourth Official is to be confirmed due to Mr. Finnie stepping in.

Sky Bet Odds

Crawley are 21/20 favourites for the clash whilst Oldham and the draw are both priced ay 12/5.

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How To Follow The Game

Fixture News

Fixture news for Crawley Town vs Oldham Athletic on 05 Apr 21

4 April 2021

Because the game is classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune into a live match stream with commentary available for all subscribers on iFollow Latics, as Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talk you through the action.


This match is available as a live stream for the fee of £10 by clicking here.

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As a result iFollow generates one of the only revenue streams available to clubs through these financial challenges. 

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The EFL's campaign would like to not only convey the message that piracy is immoral and illegal, but that it is also financially damaging club's across the divisions.

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Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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