Eastleigh vs Crewe Alexandra – Match Preview

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David Artell’s Crewe Alexandra side will be hoping to avoid an FA Cup upset as they take on National League side Eastleigh at Ten Acres stadium on Saturday.

The two sides have only faced off against each other once, back in November 2015 in the first round of the FA Cup, where Eastleigh caused an 1-0 upset at the Alexandra Stadium.

Current Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garrett was sent off earlier in the contest.

Last month goals from Charlie Kirk and Chris Porter guided Crewe to a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley in the first round and Artell will be hoping for a repeat performance against their non-league opponents.

Manager Artell said: “We’ve got a job to do and we can’t be tripping ourselves up and we must answer any questions that Eastleigh give to us.

“They’re a good side, especially at home and of course got to the playoffs last year, so we’re expecting a tough match on Saturday.”

Artell has expressed the vast importance and his personal love for the competition.

He said: ”The FA Cup is the best competition in the world. The only reason the Premier League sides disagree is because they are too influenced by money and it’s not profitable for them, that’s the truth.

“We love the competition and there’s been a real cup fever feel around the place, this week.”

In the previous round, Crewe’s opponents Eastleigh saw off Stourbridge 3-0 in a replay after the original tie finished 2-2.

Eastleigh manager Ben Strevens said: “They’re (Crewe) favourites for the tie because of their form and how well they’ve been playing but I don’t think there’s a big difference between League Two and the Conference.

“We’ve also got a good chance because we’re at home but it’ll be a tough game as they’re a good side near the top of League Two.”

Domestically Crewe lie third in League Two and last time out drew 0-0 away at Forest Green Rovers.

On the other hand, Eastleigh are 11th in the Conference Premiership and come into the game off the back of a 3-2 victory at home to Torquay United.

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