Our prediction for this League 2 match:
After failing to win the last nine league fixtures, Crawley Town will be looking to return to winning ways in the League Two when they take on Northampton Town on Boxing Day. Crawley are low on confidence ahead of the festive fixture as they failed to find the net in three of their last four home games in the League Two. The Reds aim to escape the danger zone, but they face an uphill task in the Boxing Day showdown.
Northampton Town aim to regain their spot in the top seven, meaning that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the People’s Pension Stadium clash. The Cobblers have been in a fine form in the year finale; therefore, away win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Harry Smith, who is likely to return to the starting line-up after scoring the equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town.
Highlighted Player (Gyliano van Velzen):
Gyliano van Velzen is a professional football player who was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on April 14, 1994. Van Velzen is a product of the famous Ajax football academy, but in 2010 he moved to the Manchester United football school. Despite signing a professional deal with the English giants, he did not see any game action for the Red Devils in the Premier League.
After ending his loan spell with Royal Antwerp in 2013, he signed a permanent deal with Eredivisie side Utrecht. The pacey Dutch winger played for the likes of Volendam and Roda as well before joining League Two side Crawley Town. Gyliano van Velzen made his Crawley Town debut in a 3-1 loss to Forest Green Rovers on October 5, 2019.
His main position is a left winger, but he is used as a right winger as well. Since Gyliano van Velzen has dual citizenship, he is eligible to represent both Netherlands and Suriname on the international stage.
Highlighted Team (Northampton):
Northampton are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The Cobblers play their home matches at Sixfields Stadium, the venue that has a capacity of 7,798. Northampton Town are well known for their claret and white home kit, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey.
Northampton did well to make it to the Charity Shield final in 1909, with the team suffering a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in the title game. The Cobblers are holding the record for the shortest time taken to secure promotion from the bottom tier to the top flight and relegated back down to the bottom again. Northampton Town managed to do so in only nine years.
Peterborough united are regarded as the club’s main rivals, with other significant rivalries including the likes of Oxford United, Milton Keynes Dons, Cambridge United, Coventry City, and Rushden & Diamonds.