Sutton United will be looking to enhance their Sky Bet League Two play-off prospects with a win as they are set to host Crewe on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts find themselves in 9th place in the Sky Bet League Two table, having picked up 50 points from their 33 league games this campaign. Sutton are only four points behind Bradford who occupy the final playoff place and the U’s look to be carrying a lot of momentum heading into the back end of the season.
The U’s are in the midst of their best run of results of the season, having won three on the bounce coming into this weekend and not having lost in their past six league outings. A win this weekend would equal Sutton’s longest winning run in the Football League, having won four games on the bounce across September/ October 2021.
Sutton have been almost unstoppable at home this campaign and have not lost at Gander Green Lane since mid-November, where they were beaten 2-0 to Bradford. This run has included six wins and one draw, whilst only conceding three goals in these seven games.
Last time out, the U’s travelled to Rodney Parade to face a Newport side who were in a rich vein of form themselves. Goals from Coby Rowe and Alistair Smith were enough to seal all three points for Sutton as the win brought an end to Newport's five-game unbeaten run.
Crewe are currently occupying 17th place in the league, having picked up 38 points from their 32 league games so far this campaign. Crewe seemingly have nothing to play for this season, being 12 points above the relegation zone and 16 points off the playoff places. However, sometimes sides perform at their best without the pressure of relegation or promotion looming.
Lee Bell’s side have proven hard to beat in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their last five league outings, having drawn four and won one. However, their recent form may be slightly misleading as in these five games, Crewe have faced all of the bottom four sides in the league and were only able to muster one win which came against Hartlepool, who received a red card in the opening period.
Last time out, Crewe were held to a draw against Rochdale, who sit at rock bottom of the League Two table. The Dale had lost three successive games heading into their match against Crewe, however they managed to snatch a point as Jimmy Keohan scored a late leveller to earn a 1-1 draw.
The only prior meeting of these sides in the Football League came in the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season, where an early Courtney Baker-Richardson goal was the difference on the day. Crewe took the lead within the opening 15 minutes and despite 20 Sutton shots, the U’s were unable to find a reply as Alexandra held onto a 1-0 victory.
Unsurprisingly, given Sutton's recent form, they are heavily favoured ahead of this matchup @ 4/6, whilst an away victory for Crewe is currently priced @ 17/4. We are backing Sutton to win to nil because of their imposing home form this season. The U’s have won three of their last seven home league games to nil and we believe they may once again this weekend.