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PREVIEW: CREWE ALEXANDRA (H)

12 December 2014

United make their first league return to Glanford Park in over a month on Saturday, when they host Crewe Alexandra.

24th-placed Crewe arrive three points behind the Iron and are without a win in their last five league outings.

United manager Mark Robins welcomes loan men Liam O’Neil and Luke Williams back into contention, after they were ineligible to play in the FA Cup second round last weekend.

Chelsea’s Alex Davey could continue at the back alongside Miguel Llera, while Richard Brindley, on loan from Rotherham, will be rivalling Terry Hawkridge for the right-back spot, looking to make his debut.

Eddie Nolan is a definite absentee, he is out until January, but Niall Canavan and David Mirfin are nearing first team returns after playing 90 minutes in the reserves’ 1-0 win over a strong Hartlepool United side in midweek.

Gary McSheffrey and Jennison Myrie-Williams will be assessed ahead of the fixture. They were substituted in the draw with Worcester after picking up hamstring injuries, with McSheffrey also breaking his nose.

Robins’ United are unbeaten in their last five fixtures and they will be looking to build on some good away form accumulated in November.

Alex, managed by Steve Davis, have had a tough start to the 2014/15 campaign, losing 11 of their first 19 games in Sky Bet League One.

The Alex have one former Iron in their ranks - loan man Nicky Ajose.

He joined Crewe before the emergency loan window shut last month, from Leeds United after finding it hard to get into the Whites’ team since joining the Elland Road club Peterborough.

Forward Ajose made nine appearances in a Claret and Blue shirt while on loan in 2011, failing to find the net.

It will be our 69th professional encounter with Alex, with the Iron winning 25 of those, Crewe 20, with 23 draws.

The last meetings saw the Cheshire side do the double over us in League One in 2012/13, with Mike Grella scoring in a 2-1 loss at Glanford Park before we were beaten 1-0 at Gresty Road.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you aren’t going to Glanford Park, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.

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