Coventry City are Crawley's first guests of the SkyBet League 1 campaign for the 2013/14 season.
The two clubs have only met twice before; both sides picking up a win in respective games, so who knows what will happen this Saturday.
Here is a quick look at their brief history and the two club's recent form:
The last time Crawley welcomed Coventry to the Broadfield Stadium the Reds managed to bag a convincing 2-0 win and take, what was, a crucial three points. Billy Clarke and young defender Connor Essam were the goalscorers on the day, both still remain in the current Crawley team.
However if we look back to November last year when Reds visited the Ricoh Arena it was a completely different story. The Sky Blues were 2-0 up at half time thanks to goals from John Fleck and David McGoldrick who scored deep in added time at the end of the first half. Crawley were able to knock one back with Billy Clarke the scorer again, but McGoldrick closed the game off by adding another goal to his tally. Incidently McGoldrick was Coventry's top scorer last season with 18 goals in all competitions. Certainly one for Reds' defenders to keep a close eye on.
On the up side however Crawley did finish five places above Coventry with the Sky Blues seeing a mediocre end to their season to find themselves in 15th place come the end of the campaign. However Coventry were handed a points deduction which should be taken into account.
Crawley's recent form in pre-season has been here and there really. They bagged a huge 3-0 win over Premier League new boys Crystal Palace at the weekend but suffered defeats to Millwall and Brighton, though in the latter two games the Reds' did put in respectable performances and should have come away with something for their efforts.
Coventry had a more prosperous pre-season than Crawley, though its fair to say the clubs they played were not at the same level. Wins over Mansfield Town and Cheltenham were victories that showed the strength in depth that their squad has, however Coventry did cap their pre-season campaign off with a 1-0 loss to League 2 side Oxford United.
Crawley can perform in big games, but so to can Coventry. Crawley's recent form seems to justify them as the stronger of the two teams but I wouldn't write the Sky Blues off.
Reds' manager Richie Barker will be well aware of the threat down the wings that Coventry possess and his choice in the back-four will reflect that.
Seeing as Crawley are at home I would look at them as favourites to win, but anything is possible as it is the first game of the season.
Coventry's threat: Gary McSheffrey
Crawley's threat: Jamie Proctor
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