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Oct 29, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at Broadfield Stadium
Attendance: 5,612
CrawleyCrawley Town
ColchesterColchester United
Bulman (20')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Norris (22'), Luyambula (53' og.), Gambin (80')

Preview: Crawley Town vs. Colchester United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Tuesday's EFL Cup fourth-round tie between Crawley Town and Colchester United.

Crawley Town and Colchester United meet on Tuesday night with the opportunity to earn a surprise place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Between them, the League Two outfits have seen off the challenges of Premier League trio Norwich City, Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Match preview

Crawley Town's David Sesay and teammates celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Stoke on September 24, 2019© Reuters

Having finished in the bottom half of the League Two standings in the last four seasons, this campaign for Crawley Town was again supposed to be focused on attempting to avoid any kind of relegation battle.

However, victories over Norwich and Stoke City have put the fourth-tier side in contention for a spot in the last eight of this competition for the first time in their history.

While the Reds sit in 17th position in the table, boss Gabriele Cioffi will now want to go as far as possible, and the draw could not have been kinder to the Sussex club.

That said, since the penalty-shootout success over Stoke, just one win has been recorded in seven outings, and Crawley head into this tie having suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to Swindon Town at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Colchester got back onto the right track on Saturday by recording a 3-1 success over Newport County - an impressive scalp given the defensive record of their opponents.

That result marked the club's first league success since October 5, moving the U's up to ninth spot in the table and just four points off the playoffs.

Manager John McGreal will now feel that his squad are in a positive frame of mind ahead of such an important fixture as they attempt to build on two penalty-shootout triumphs over Premier League opposition.

Colchester are bidding to reach the last eight of the League Cup for the first time since the 1974-75 season.

Crawley Town form: LLWLDL

Colchester United form: WDLLDW

Team News

John McGreal pictured on August 27, 2019© Reuters

While Cioffi will name a strong team for this contest, the Italian will almost certainly make several changes after the poor performance at the weekend.

Tarryn Allarakhia and Gyliano van Velzen will both hope to feature, having played the majority of the second half against Swindon.

Beryly Lubala is available again after serving a one-match suspension for collecting five yellow cards.

Colchester boss McGreal could name the same starting lineup which began the encounter with Newport.

Crawley Town possible starting lineup: Morris; Sesay, Tunnicliffe, Dallison, Doherty; Grego-Cox, Camara, Ferguson, Nathaniel-George; Enigbokan-Bloomfield, Nadesan

Colchester United possible starting lineup: Gerken; Jackson, Eastman, Prosser, Bramall; Stevenson, Comley; Senior, Poku, Nouble; Norris

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We say: Crawley Town 1-2 Colchester United

There will inevitably be a lot of tension and nerves throughout this fixture. While Crawley have home advantage, it may be to their detriment, and we feel that Colchester will have enough quality to edge through.


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