Crawley Town vs Leeds UnitedFA Cup, KO: 13:30 Jan 10, 2021, Broadfield Stadium
CRAWLEY TOWN have been flying in League Two and will be looking to spring an FA Cup shock when great entertainers Leeds come calling.
John Yems' side are nine games unbeaten in all competitions and have won their last two games to rise up to sixth in the table, raising hopes of a famous win in the Cup.
Leeds have crashed out in the third round for the last three campaigns but should have enough firepower to avoid another early exit if they turn up with the right attitude.
Marcelo Bielsa (below) might be tempted to rest a few of his big hitters during a packed fixture list and his side might not relish their trip to Broadfield Stadium.
But they will go for goals as usual and it's hard to see the minnows keeping them out if Leeds find the rhythm they have shown in recent Premier League games.
How the bookies view it
Crawley are rank outsiders and are as big as 41/5 with SBK while Leeds are a best 3/8 with the same firm. A draw after 90 minutes pays 9/2 at SportNation, with Leeds 2/13 to qualify (BetVictor) and Crawley 9/2 (Bet365).
Crawley are sweating on the fitness of in-form top-scorer Max Watters, who has a hamstring problem. Leeds skipper Liam Cooper is back in contention but Diego Llorente, Tyler Roberts, Robin Koch, Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw will miss out.
Players to watch
Crawley forward Tom Nichols loves the big stage, having netted against Liverpool, Chelsea and Brighton in his days with Exeter, Peterborough and Bristol Rovers. He also netted twice in the 2-1 win over Forest Green recently (below) and is 5/1 at Genting for anytime scorer.
Some Leeds fringe players could come back in and I fancy Helder Costa to start. The winger is 14/5 with Unibet to grab a goal.
Anything else catch the eye?
Both teams to score is always a good option with Leeds, although it didn't come up when I backed it in their last game at Spurs. In this game it pays evens at Bet365.
William Hill are offering 11/10 on any player scoring with a header and that could be a good option, given set-pieces may be Crawley's best hope of breaching the Leeds defence.
This FA Cup match between Crawley Town and Leeds United will be played on Jan 10, 2021 and kick off at 13:30. Check below for our tipsters best Crawley Town vs Leeds United prediction.