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Free-falling Crawley to reinvigorate season with FA Cup success

| 17.12.2013

Few teams are playing worse than Crawley at the minute, as they nose-dive into the lower reaches of League One. While FA Cup progress will hardly be viewed as a priority, a confidence-boosting win of any kind is essential and they’ll record it against Bristol Rovers.

The Pirates are flirting with their Football League status, languishing one place above the League Two drop zone, one point better off than 23rd-place Northampton. Dreadful away form of one win from 11 league outings can be held accountable for this dire situation and it makes their odds of 9/2 to beat Crawley very reasonable.

At 8/13, it’s very tough to look beyond the hosts, though the 11/4-rated draw isn’t out of the question given the dreary form of both sides.

The pair ground out a goalless draw at the Memorial Stadium, which served as one of the four games in five that either side had failed to find the back of the net.

This dearth of goals makes the 3/4 for under 2.5 goals to be scored here very much worth taking a punt on, while another 0-0 after 90 minutes weighs in at a princely 7/1.

Further evidence speaking out against a potential goalfest at the Broadfield Stadium is provided by the fact that, despite John Ward’s Rovers’ serious lack of points on the road, they haven’t been getting thumped on their travels.

They’re yet to ship more than two goals in any one away match this season and those hoping that trend elongates can place a wager on there being between 0-1 goals registered by the home team, priced at a very attractive 20/21.

All of these factors divert us back to the correct score market for the best bet available on this game, with 1-0 Crawley the standout selection at 6/1.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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James Middleton