Crawley Town v Cheltenham Town preview: Reds host top-of-the-table Robins under Friday night lights

Friday night football comes to Crawley Town this week – and it will mean a quick turnaround for the Reds after Tuesday night’s trip to Bradford City.

Action from Crawley Town v Cheltenham Town in 2019. Picture by Steve Robards
Action from Crawley Town v Cheltenham Town in 2019. Picture by Steve Robards

Town host promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town on Friday (6.30pm) after the EFL instructed all clubs they were not allowed a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, when the nation will stop for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke’s funeral will take place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and a national minute’s silence will be observed at 3pm.

As a mark of respect, the EFL have moved all 3pm kick-offs.

Friday’s clash will test Crawley.Cheltenham have been fantastic this season and are certainly one of the best teams in League Two and manager Michael Duff has done a great job at the club.

The Robins are well-known for their effective long throws, which they’ve scored so many goals from this season.

Throw-ins for Cheltenham are just as good, if not better, than corners.

They caught Crawley out earlier in the season where the Reds were outclassed in Gloucestershire by their opponents in a 2-0 defeat.

Cheltenham have done this to many teams, recently demolishing promotion rivals Tranmere Rovers 4-0.

Their 3-5-2 formation makes them extremely solid defensively, conceding just 35 goals in League Two this season, with only Salford City conceding fewer.