Ahead of the new Sky Bet League 2 season we asked Liam Govey to take a look at each of our 23 opponents. Next up is Crewe Alexandra...
Address: Gresty Road, Crewe, CW2 6DY
Stadium capacity: 10,135
Manager: Steve Davis
Tom Lowery (youth academy), Ryan Lowe (Bury), Chris Dagnall (Hibernian) and Liam Smith (on loan from Newcastle United).
Marcus Haber (released), Lauri Dalla Valle (released), David Fox (released), Chris Atkinson (released), James Baillie (released), Liam O’Neill (released), Fraser Murdoch (released), Joe Kearns (released), Joe Howell (released), Toby Mularkey (released), Andre Brown (released) and Brad Inman (Peterborough United)
A miserable season saw the Railwaymen win only seven times, and subsequently suffering relegation to League Two as the bottom side. After three seasons of struggle, Crewe finally fell from the third tier. The Cheshire side will hope that it’s a blessing in disguise that will see results improve after a torrid three years. With only two wins to their name in 2016, finding that winning momentum won’t be an easy task.
Despite relegation, Steve Davis chose to keep a great deal of the squad together, only making three signings. Ryan Lowe and Chris Dagnall will provide experience and goals in abundance. In defence, maintaining Zoumana Bakayogo could be an important bit of business. Experience will be crucial for such a youthful side. For a side that relies heavily on its academy, the likes of Oliver Turton and Harry Davis will also be important for the Railwaymen.
Win outright- 28/1
Top 7- 3/1
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