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Preview: Crawley Town v Barrow

8 April 2022

Match Previews

Preview: Crawley Town v Barrow

8 April 2022

We turn the focus on Saturday's action with a full and in-depth preview of The Bluebirds' trip to The People's Pension Stadium.

Crawley Town v Barrow
Saturday 8th April 2022, 3pm
The People’s Pension Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
The big news coming out of Crawley Town in the build-up to Saturday’s game is the confirmation that investment group WAGMI United LLC have completed their takeover of the club.

The new owners have promised to respect the history of Crawley and pledged to bring “a new era of transparency and accountability to supporters and the local community”.

It means for exciting times for fans of the Sussex club and hopes will be high that they can make good on their ambitions of reaching League One over the next couple of seasons.

At present, John Yems’ side sit 13th in the League Two table and have lost four of their last six fixtures – though they have won their last two outings on home soil.

One To Watch
Tom Nichols has been in positive form for Crawley Town during recent months and has scroed two goals in his last three games as he eyes a strong end to the campaign.

The front man joined The Red Devils in September 2020 from Cheltenham Town and has been a regular scorer ever since when fit and in the team.

The former Exeter City trainee has now hit double figures for 2021/22 so Barrow defenders will need to keep an eye on him at The People’s Pension Stadium this weekend.

Head To Head
The Bluebirds will be looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Crawley Town in November when James Tilley scored the only goal of the game at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Barrow were beaten 4-2 on their trip to Crawley last season in David Dunn’s last game in charge, while their only previous win in Sussex came back in October 2009.

Referee
Craig Hicks will be on the whistle for a Barrow game for the second time this season when he takes charge of this weekend’s fixture at The People’s Pension Stadium.

The experienced official is now into his fifth season as an EFL referee and last oversaw The Bluebirds during our 2-1 defeat at Newport County at the end of January.

Hicks’ most recent appointment came last weekend when he watched Cambridge United’s 1-0 surprise 1-0 win over Ipswich Town in a bad-tempered affair at Portman Road.

Tickets
Tickets are no longer available in advance, but Bluebirds fans can purchase on the day at The People’s Pension Stadium.

Click here for full information on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Live Streaming
Unfortunately, due to rights issues around the broadcast of Saturday afternoon fixtures we are unable to provide a live stream for supporters based in the UK.

However, those living abroad can access live footage as usual and can buy Video Match Passes now to watch all the action from The People’s Pension Stadium.

Click here now to visit the Leyton Orient Match Centre to buy your Video Match Pass.

Live Commentary
You can listen to live online audio commentary from every game – both home and away - on iFollow as part of our ongoing broadcast partnership with our friends at BBC Radio Cumbria.

It’s the only way access online commentary and fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson who will describe all the action as it unfolds on Saturday.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow.

Betting
Crawley Town have been installed as 5/4 favourites for three points this weekend with The Bluebirds rated a 2/1 shot and the draw priced up at 9/4 by our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.


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