Crawley Town will line up against Cheltenham Town in the Reds' second game of the season and their first in the cup this campaign.

Lets take a look at the two teams and how they have performed before in this particular cup competition.

Crawley team news:

Forward Billy Clarke, who missed Saturday's opener at the Broadfield through attending the birth of his son, is now available for selection. Young striker Jonte Smith is still not 100% match fit as he suffered an injury in pre-season but he is available.

Cheltenham team news:

Striker Jamie Cureton is out for five-six weeks after picking up a shoulder injury on Saturday.

Previous meetings:

The two sides have previously met in League 2 - Crawley won 4-2 when they entertained them at the Broadfield but Cheltenham got one back as they silenced the Reds with a 3-1 victory at Whaddon Road. Both ex-Reds and previous loanee, Matt Tubbs, Tyrone Barnett and Sanchez Watt were on the score sheets for those games.

Recent form:

Crawley go into the game with the upper hand having won their first game of the season, whereas Cheltenham could only draw theirs. Like Crawley, Cheltenham were up 2-0 but conceded two goals later on. Unlike the Crawley, Cheltenham couldn't pull back in front.

A word from both the managers:

Crawley manager Richie Barker told the club's official website: "Bradford are an example of what can be achieved in this competition. They got to the final last year and this gives hope to all the clubs in Leagues 1 and 2. Cheltenham will feel the same and its going to be a tough game. Their squad is a nice mix of youth and experience."

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates to his club's official website: "I've seen Crawley a couple of times and they want to play decent football. Nicky Adams is a great threat for them and they have some good players but keeping hold of Kyle McFadzean will be good for them. 

"I know Richie Barker well and they will be coming here to win. They beat Coventry at the weekend, who beat us in pre-season, so we know how tough it is but we will try to play something like we did in the first half on Saturday. 

"We've had some tough League Cup ties in the past and this one isn't any easier. They are a good side and it will be a decent game but we'll give it our best shot."


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