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Crewe Alexandra find themselves at the foot of the table right now, and they are eight points adrift of safety after they have managed just six victories throughout the season so far.
After picking up a crucial victory last weekend, the club were handed a 3-1 defeat on Saturday with Sam Vokes and Lewis Wing scoring the goals for Wycombe Wanderers, while Chris Porter got on the scoresheet for his team.
The loss added to their poor form at Gresty Road throughout this campaign, which has been a problem for them, having only won four matches in front of their own fans so far.
Defensively, David Artell‘s squad have struggled this season, conceding 63 times, which is the third-worst record in League Two, and they are set to face a Portsmouth team who have scored 18 times in their last six performances.
A victory on Tuesday would now change Crewe’s league position, but it would place some pressure on the teams above them, which is something they desperately need to start doing.
Only seven points separate them and the top six, and they boast multiple games in hand on many of the teams above them, which will help provide belief that it is an achievable target.
Danny Cowley‘s men were impressive on Saturday as they defeated Accrington Stanley 4-0, despite the fact that Marcus Harness was sent off in the 21st minute.
George Hirst got himself a brace, while Sean Raggett and Ryan Tunnicliffe also scored, and the confidence they have will be rolling into Tuesday’s match against Crewe, who they beat 2-0 previously this season.
Artell is hopeful that Ben Knight and Scott Kashket will be available to make a return in the next few weeks, but this fixture will come too soon for both men to make an appearance.
Crewe will also be without Rio Adebisi, who recently suffered a foot injury that is set to keep him out of action for the next four months as the squad gets stretched.
Portsmouth will be forced into at least one change from the team that won 4-0 on Saturday due to Harness being suspended, which could see Joe Morrell be given a start.
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Club captain Clark Robertson was brought back into the team against Accrington, and considering the fact they kept a clean sheet, he could find himself retaining his place.
Crewe Alexandra possible starting lineup:
Richards; Johnson, O’Riordan, Offord; Lundstram, Griffiths, Harper, Lowery, Agyei; Porter, Long
Portsmouth possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson; Romeo, Tunnicliffe, Thompson, Ogilvie, Morrell; Hirst, O’Brien