Swindon host Crawley at the County Ground this Saturday in game week five of the League Two season. Both sides have a good number of points on the board already, but the three points this weekend would greatly benefit both sides.
Swindon currently sit 13th in League Two with five points to their name, somewhat impressive considering their first game against Colchester was postponed . The Robins have one win and two draws under their belt and are one of five teams not to lose so far this season. Though Swindon have scored a healthy nine goals this season, the eight they have conceded leave them with a goal difference of just one.
Despite missing their scheduled first game, Swindon have picked up two draws against Crewe Alexandra and Wrexham. Swindon had the 2 - 0 lead after Udoka Godwin-Malife and Jake Young scored, but The Robins let Crewe back in with Rio Adebisi equalising in the 85th minute. The other draw was a goalfest against Wrexham. Young and Dan Kemp both scored braces with Charlie Austin grabbing the other goal, but two goals in extra time brought it back to 5 - 5. Swindon’s one win came against ten man Forest Green. Kemp and Frazer Blake-Tracy completed the 2 - 1 comeback for Swindon.
Swindon faced Arsenal’s U21 team in the Football League Trophy Group stage in their midweek fixture. Swindon took the lead through a Reuell Walters own goal before Lino Sousa brought Arsenal U21 back level. Tariq Uwakwe then gave Swindon the lead going into halftime but Jimi Gower tied the game at 2 - 2, sending the tie to penalties. Arsenal U21 won 5 - 4 after they scored all five of their penalties and Benn Ward missed for Swindon.
Crawley sit in eighth with seven points, two more points than their opponents. The Red Devils have won twice, drawn once and lost once. Of the six teams on seven points, four teams are on the goal difference of one, but Crawley are at the bottom of the pile due to only scoring four goals.
The Red Devils’ two wins came against MK Dons and Bradford City. Will Wright scored early in Crawley’s 1 - 0 win over Bradford City who were pegged down to ten men before halftime. Against MK Dons, Nick Tsaroulla drew first blood before Mohamed Eisa drew The Dons level in the first half. Danilo Orsi scored early in the second half to grab the 2 - 1 win. The draw came against Salford where Crawley were given the lead through a Luke Garbutt own goal, but Conor McAleny scored to grab the 1 - 1 draw.
The loss came most recently in the league in a 1 - 0 loss against Gillingham due to a Harry Ransom own goal.
Swindon and Crawley is a rare fixture, the first meeting coming in 2010. The two have met 19 times with a draw being a common occurrence, happening seven times. Crawley have the advantage in the fixture winning seven times in comparison to Swindon’s five wins.