Crawley Town might be favourites to win the League Two title in bwin’s football betting market but they are the undisputed underdogs for their Carling Cup first round tie against Crystal Palace.
Championship side Palace are 17/20 to win at Selhurst Park tomorrow evening, with a draw priced at 12/5 and a Crawley victory available at 13/5.
However, the Red Devils showed that they should not be taken lightly in cup competitions by knocking out two established league clubs in the FA Cup last season.
After a facile 5-0 victory over Guiseley in the first round proper, Crawley knocked out Swindon in round two before accounting for Derby County in round three.
They then pushed Manchester United close at Old Trafford in round four, with a Wes Brown goal the only difference between to the two sides at the final whistle.
Unusually, Crawley have already carried their form in knock-out competitions over into the new season having played a Carling Cup game last month.
The relegation of holders Birmingham forced a play-off between the two clubs newest to the Football League for a place in round one.
As such, Conference National champions Crawley took on play-off winners AFC Wimbledon on 29th July, with the Red Devils emerging 3-2 victors after twice coming from behind.
Given Crawley’s cup pedigree in the last 12 months, Dougie Freedman’s Palace could be vulnerable to an upset.
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The Red Devils’ cause is further helped by the fact Freedman will be forced to send out an under-strength team, with a number of players missing through injury, suspension and international commitments.
Jonathan Parr, Mile Jedinak, Ryan McGivern and Jon Williams are all on international duty, Dean Moxey is suspended and Nathaniel Clyne and Lee Hills are injured.
As such, Freedman may be forced to delve into the youth set-up for replacements.
One final good omen for Crawley is provided by the result of a pre-season friendly between the two teams earlier this summer.
The spoils were shared in a 0-0 draw at Broadfield Stadium, with a similar result tomorrow priced at 33/4.
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