Crawley Town v Stoke City latest odds, news and free bets

Crawley Town have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the second season running, with the League Two side having played a blinder at Old Trafford twelve months ago only to lose the match by a single goal

This time around, they have a home tie against another Premier League team although there could not be a better time to be facing a Stoke side whose form has gone out of the window in 2012, causing manager Tony Pulis no end of anxiety.

The Broadfield Stadium will be packed to the rafters and this could be a close contest despite the three division gap between the two sides. Crawley are an 11/4 chance (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to claim victory, having done so in 11 of their 14 home matches thus far.

Losing Matt Tubbs to Bournemouth was a blow for the Red Devils, although Tyrone Barnett remains as one of the best forwards in the division and Sanchez Watt arrived from Sheffield Wednesday in January and scored his first Town goals during a 4-2 win against Cheltenham Town.

Barnett is 15/2 (Bet Victor free bets) to open the scoring against a Potters side who are licking their wounds following Thursday’s Europa League defeat against Valencia, a result which means that Stoke are facing an end to their European adventure.

However, we shouldn’t forget that Stoke reached the FA Cup final last season and they have enough Premier League points to once again focus on another chance to reach Wembley. City are odds on with some firms and many will fancy the 21/20 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) that they claim victory against lower league opposition.

Stoke have claimed wins at Gillingham and Derby in previous rounds and Cameron Jerome was able to find the net on both occasions, with odds of 13/2 (Betfred free bets) that he scores the opener in this clash.

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