On Friday night, Crawley Town welcomes Hartlepool United to the club in search of the victory that will help the team move further away from the League Two relegation zone.

Hartlepool travels a long way south while the home team is in 19th place in the standings and two points outside of safety.

Crawley had six points after 12 games when Lewis Young took over as interim manager after Kevin Betsy left, making them a foregone conclusion for relegation to the National League.

That being said, Young produced 12 points from seven games before recently handing over control to Matthew Etherington, who is conscious of the pressure placed on him in his first senior managerial position.

Nevertheless, Etherington’s tenure got off to the best possible start with a 2-0 victory over Swindon Town last time out, and Crawley are now seven points clear of the drop zone.

Additionally, the Red Devils have now recorded three clean sheets in four games, giving them the foundation to guarantee that they won’t have to worry about being demoted to the fifth tier as the season goes on.

Hartlepool will be happy to have defeated Solihull Moors and Harrogate Town in order to advance to the third round of the FA Cup.

Although they can look forward to hosting Stoke City on January 8, Keith Curle and his team are currently focused on trying to escape the bottom two.

The Monkey Hangers have gone 14 games in all competitions without a clean sheet, which has made it more challenging. Their most recent match ended in a 5-0 loss to Stockport County.

Hartlepool have now lost seven of their last eight League Two games, despite Curle generally having a positive impact since his hiring in September.

The pressure is on to end that run in an effort to return to 22nd place or higher with games remaining against Crawley and another potential rival in Newport County.

1×2 Betting Odds

Having reached the FA Cup third round, Hartlepool’s form is not as bad as it seems at first glance. Nevertheless, Crawley appear to be a team who are on the up, and they are playing with enough belief to edge this contest!

Crawley, being the home side are the favourites to win this, with odds of winning @ 2.05.

The away side, will take confidence from their FA cup campaign, but coming into this, Hartlepool are the underdogs. Their odds of winning are @ 3.75.

The odds of a stalemate being played out stands @ 3.6

Total goals over/under

The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.95.

While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.87.