By Tony Alvarez
Tonight sees a highly anticipated clash at League Two with Crawley Town taking on Cheltenham Town.

Crawley currently sit 4th in the table just outside the automatic promotion places although they are level on points with Swindon who occupy the final automatic promotion place and today’s fixture is a game in hand for the the side, a victory would see them go top of the table on goal difference.

Cheltenham are currently top of the table 2 points above second placed Southend with a game in hand, however not only will opponants Crawley leapfrog them with a victory they will also still have a game in hand.

This game is not only significant at the top of the table but also could be a key indicator of how the hosts Crawley will perform as it will be their first fixture since the departure of leading scorer Matt Tubbs on transfer deadline day.

The striker had notched 18 times already this term for the Red Devils and it is never easy losing your top scorer.

However the club could hand debuts to deadline day signings Billy Clarke (from Blackpool) and Karl Hawley (on loan from Notts County).

Due to Saturday’s postponement of all but one of the League Two fixtures Crawley’s last outing was their famous FA Cup 4th round win away at Championship side Hull City.

Prior to that the club have been struggling a bit with their recent League form, in 2012 they are yet to win but on the positive they are yet to lose having taken 3 points from their 3 fixtures.

Somewhat worryingly for Crawley is they have no scored more than a single goal in any fixture since the 3-0 win against Burton Albion on December 10th.

Cheltenham had no last minute forays into the transfer market, thus will have the same squad to pick from as in their last fixture, apart from an injury to centre back Steve Elliott manager Mark Yates has a full squad to choose from.

Cheltenham have been impressive so far in the league in 2012 with 3 wins and only a home loss against miss-firing Bristol Rovers as a black spot on their record.

Prior to that defeat Cheltenham had not lost in the League since October 2011 and certainly find themselves in fine form.

They moved in the transfer window to snap up Aldershot Town’s pacy winger Jermaine McGlashan who will look to make his first major impact in a Cheltenham shirt in tonight’s fixture.

It will be interesting to see how Crawley cope without Tubbs and it may be a bit unlucky for them that the first game without him comes against a top side after the postponement.

I will hopefully attending the game so I can see first hand how both teams fair in this top of the table clash.
I think due to Cheltenham having a stable squad and are presently in better form that they will snatch a 2-1 victory however I would not be shocked if the game ended 1-1.

What are your thoughts? Can Crawley cope without Tubbs? Will either of these sides achieve automatic promotion? Who will be tonight’s victors? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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