Crewe Cuts

By BoroGuide

In an attempt to boost our readership and popularity, it seemed the best way to do so was to blog at 2.20am on a Saturday morning. It’s an interesting approach and we don’t think it will catch on. But we’re always willing to try something new. By the time you read this, it will be a bright and sunny September morning. And you’ll be awaiting the visit of So Solid Crewe. Respeck.

Up from League Two last season through the playoffs (an old Stevenage trick), Crewe have made a reasonable start to life in the third tier and will be looking to carry that on at Boro’. For Stevenage, winning at home is still a bit of a tricky issue and could do with an assured performance where head starts aren’t given away and where fortuitous equalisers don’t get handed to the opposition.

After a terrific victory at Coventry last weekend, it’d be a crime not to follow it up at home to a relative new team to the division. While not getting ahead of ourselves, BoroGuide can certainly sit back right now and enjoy what we have. For those of you who think we are in a fight for the playoffs, it is games like Crewe at home we ought to be winning. And we think, or even expect, that to be the case.

FIFA12 Verdict:
Stevenage left it late to defeat Crewe Alexandra, but the winning goal did come and come it did in the 90th minute through substitute Marcus Haber. The visitors were defiant in their defence throughout the game, with Boro’ going close through Patrick Agyemang on two occasions and Dunne on another. However, the three points were secured when Haber – on for Agyemang – span his defender on the edge of the box and rifled home from 15 yards.

Stevenage 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
Haber 90

Bookies’ Verdict:
Much as you’d come to expect with Boro’ riding high in the league, the home sides are very much considered favourites for this game. Odds on, even (we realise that phrase there may cause heads to hurt). At the time of writing, it is BetVictor who are offering the best odds – 5/6 on the Boro’ victory. Pinnacle has Crewe at 79/19 or the draw at 19/7 – just in case that nagging feeling gets the better of you.

Boro’ are yet to score more than once at home this season and, unless anything drastic has occurred on the training ground, we think it’ll be tight again. We may plump for a 2-0 win and, if we did, we’d get sevens at SkyBet. The 1-0 victory and the 1-1 draw are 13/2 with the guys at 188bet and William Hill respectively. Lucas Akins at sevens with Betfred for a first goalscorer shout? That’d be neat…