Our preview of Tuesday night's game at home to Crewe...
Sky Bet League 1
Tuesday 28th January 2014
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, SG2 8RH
Weather forecast: 5°c, heavy cloud, chances of rain
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Last time we met:
Boro produced one of their finest performances of the season in October when they swept Crewe away to win 3-0 at the Alexandra Stadium. Crewe were caught cold early on as two goals from Filipe Morais and one from Luke Freeman gave Stevenage a 3-0 lead with only 20 minutes gone. Crewe never recovered and Stevenage saw the game out comfortably.
Michael Doughty was back in training on Monday morning and the gaffer is hopeful that he will be in contention tomorrow. Parrett is now fully fit and available for selection and there’s no new injury concerns after Saturday.
Crewe have striker problems as Ryan Colclough and Max Clayton are out and Vadaile Oliver is also a concern. Young Watford loanee Uche Ikpeazu has also been out with an ankle injury but featured for the last 15 minutes against Tranmere, so may be brought into the starting line-up.
View from the dressing room:
Boro are favorites for the win on Tuesday night - 21/20 for the win with Sky Bet, the official sponsor of the Football League.
Last time out Filipe Morais scored a brace and for him to do the same again Sky Bet are offering odds of 16/1.
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Crewe are currently on their best run of form this season, 3 wins and a draw in their last 8 games means the club have climbed out of the relegation zone. The teams failure to put together back-to-back wins on a consistent basis mean that they're still a long way off safety though. After a morale boosting 2-0 win over MK Dons last Tuesday, the Railway men failed to follow it up at the weekend and lost 1-0 at Tranmere. It’s been eight games since the club have drawn a match – at home to Shrewsbury just before Christmas.
The vital statistics:
Crewe have the second worst away record in the league with 10 losses, 2 draws and 2 wins. Keeping goals out has been a big concern for Crewe as the team have conceded the most amount of goals in the league - 54 in just 28 games. They've also let the opposition score first more than any other team in the league - 13 times they've conceded the first goal, losing on 12 of these occasions.
Former Boro loanee, Chuks Aneke has been Crewe’s stand-out player during an overall poor season for the club. Still only 20 years old, Aneke is currently serving his second season on loan at the club and provides much needed steel, strength and goals to the side. Aneke has scored 7 goals from midfield this season, making him the clubs top scorer.