Colchester v Crawley preview
Last Updated: 12/10/18 10:40am
Colchester will be without Brandon Comley for the Sky Bet League Two match against Crawley.
Midfielder Comley is away with Montserrat ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League home qualifier against Belize. On-loan Wolves forward Aaron Collins put himself in the frame for a starting place with a goal in the Checkatrade Trophy win over Southend on Tuesday night.
Fit-again defender Frankie Kent was also on the scoresheet against the Shrimpers, so should be in the squad again following recovery from an ankle problem.
Crawley midfielder Reece Grego-Cox is away with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. On-loan Luton midfielder Luke Gambin, though, has stayed with the Reds rather than heading off for Malta's Nations League games against Kosovo and Azerbaijan.
Defenders Bondz N'Gala and Mark Connolly both returned to the starting XI for last weekend's win over Cambridge, while Joe Maguire and midfielder Mark Randall will also be hoping to retain their places. Crawley club captain Jimmy Smith is sidelined for the rest of the season by a cruciate ligament injury.
Colchester completed their first Football League double over Crawley Town last season having failed to win any of their previous eight games against them (W0 D4 L4).
There have been 14 goals scored in the last three league meetings between Colchester and Crawley at the Colchester Community Stadium (seven for each team).
No League Two side has used as few players as Colchester so far this season (17) whilst only Tranmere (11) have made fewer changes to their starting line up's than the U's (12).
Crawley have lost four of their last five away league games (W1) - as many defeats on the road as in their previous 13 such games (W6 D3 L4).
No League Two side has scored as many goals as set piece situations than Colchester (11) this season, whilst Crawley have conceded a joint-league low one goal from set pieces (also Mansfield).