Crewe will be aiming to record their third successive victory as they are set to host Doncaster Rovers at The Mornflake Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts currently find themselves inside the playoff places in 5th spot in the table having amassed 32 points from their 17 league games so far this season. This comes following nine victories, five draws and just three defeats.
Last time out, Crewe left it late to secure all three points against promotion rivals Notts County. Courtney Baker-Richardson scored the game's only goal in the 98th minute from the penalty spot after Jodi Jones handled the ball in the box.
After a mixed start to their campaign, Doncaster are sitting in 18th place in the League Two table having gained 20 points from their 17 league outings. This comes following six victories, two draws and nine defeats.
In their last league outing, Doncaster were comfortably defeated by AFC Wimbledon 2-0. Ali Al Hamadi broke the deadlock for Wimbledon with a close-range finish in the 43rd minute before doubling their lead in the 67th minute with a powerful strike from outside the box. Despite being reduced to nine men in the final 18 minutes of the match, Wimbledon held on to secure all three points.
Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers have a long and storied rivalry in English football, dating back to their first meeting in the Football League Third Division South in 1931.
The two sides have clashed in a total of 76 matches across all competitions, with Doncaster Rovers holding a slight edge in the head-to-head record, winning 30 matches compared to Crewe's 23, with the remaining 23 encounters ending in draws.
The rivalry has been particularly intense in recent years, with the two sides often battling for promotion in League Two. In the 2016-17 season, Doncaster Rovers pipped Crewe to the League Two title by a single point, while Crewe gained revenge in the 2021-22 season, finishing above Doncaster and securing a place in the playoff final.
Crewe recorded a comfortable victory when these sides last met in April of this year. Courtney Baker-Richardson opened the scoring for the hosts in the 32nd minute, tapping home from close range after Rio Adebisi's cross found its way into the box.
Connor O'Riordan doubled Crewe's lead just six minutes later, heading home Ainley's swirling corner from close range. Doncaster Rovers struggled to create clear-cut chances throughout the match, and Crewe saw out the win comfortably to claim all three points.
These sides are fairly evenly matched at the bookies ahead of this clash however it is Crewe who are home favorites and currently priced @ 6/5, whilst an away win for Doncaster is priced @ 19/10 and a draw is @ 13/5.
We are backing Crewe to win and under 2.5 goals because the Railwaymen have made a habit of winning low-scoring games in recent weeks. All three of their last three league outings have had less than 2.5 goals, two of which Crewe won.