Crewe v Cheltenham - Tuesday 19:45
Killer instinct is a vital pre-requisite in the FA Cup and Crewe missed their cue when passing up the opportunity to make Cheltenham pay for their ill-discipline ten days ago. The Railwaymen played against ten men for more than half the game at Whaddon Road but remained overly cautious, settling instead for the sactuary of a second bite with home advantage.
It was only when former striker Billy Waters put Cheltenham ahead on 58 minutes that the Cheshire club upped the tempo and played with any urgency, after which they were level within 15 minutes. Alex did finish in the ascendancy but didn’t do nearly enough to turn the screw in the last 20 and the Robins, feeling reprieved, look a decent bet to take their second chance with both hands.
Only once in the last seven years have Crewe progressed beyond the first round of this competition, a run that includes five defeats on home soil, five defeats in matches they started as favourites, and two of them against non-league opposition. Cheltenham might be down towards the bottom of League Two after promotion but they beat Alex comfortably back in August.
The deed was done inside the opening quarter that day, Gary Johnson’s men netting twice in barely 20 minutes and closing the game comfortably thereafter. If the Robins can keep 11 on the pitch, something similar could be in the offing here. Take the 19/4 on the Peterborough 1-0Cheltenham/Cheltenham half time/full time bet and back the Peterborough 1-0Cheltenham 2-0 correct score at 13/1.