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Crawley v Doncaster: Return to the road a big plus for promotion chasers

| 18.02.2013

As their charge for automatic promotion has stuttered of late, Doncaster Rovers will welcome a trip to Crawley, where they are 13/8 to emerge with all three points.

Rovers have already won 10 times on the road this term, a feat matched only by League Two sides Gillingham and Exeter, across all four English leagues.

And the sturdy visitors look well worth a punt to snap a three-match winless streak, especially in consideration of their six clean sheets away from the Keepmoat Stadium this term.

Doncaster are 23/10 to shut out Crawley here, and an even more tempting 18/5 to win without conceding, as they have done four times away from home this campaign.

Solid at the back, Donny have been amongst the goals as well, having scored either two or three in nine of their 15 matches on their travels so far.

Thus, the 7/2 about a Doncaster win featuring over 2.5 goals may be worth some attention, and the 20/1 odds regarding a third 3-0 away win of the season for the visitors could receive support.

In the home side, also 13/8 for the win, they face a team in equally stagnant form, with Richie Barker’s men winning only one of their last six matches.

They do boast a draw and a win from their last two home league fixtures however, and punters envisaging the Reds taking a point here can have 23/10 for the stalemate.

Crawley have worryingly drawn three blanks at home though, and so their free-scoring visitors could be worth a punt in handicap markets.

Brian Flynn’s men are a lengthy 5/1 to succeed giving up a goal start to their hosts, and that price tempts greatly.

Meanwhile, first scorer betting can prove a successful strategy in order to turn a profit on this match.

Nine-goal Chris Brown is expected to miss out for Doncaster, but Iain Hume could return from injury in his place, with the Canadian 6/1 to break the deadlock.

Alternatively, punters can have a generous 10/1 regarding the visitors’ leading scorer David Cotterill opening the scoring.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee