THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs PORT VALE THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs PORT VALE

THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs PORT VALE

This coming Saturday, Walsall Football Club travel the fairly short distance to Vale Park to take on Port Vale in Sky Bet League One.
This coming Saturday, Walsall Football Club travel the fairly short distance to Vale Park to take on Port Vale in Sky Bet League One;

Walsall head into the match following back-to-back League One victories, having defeated Bradford City and Shrewsbury Town respectively.

The Saddlers will be without top-scorer Craig Westcarr who is suspended for the next three games following a red card picked up for violent conduct versus Shrewsbury at the weekend.

Walsall will be hopeful of better news in Chelsea winger Milan Lalkovic's fitness battle, the on-loan winger has been receiving treatment at his parent club in a bid to recover quickly from a hamstring strain suffered in the first half against Bradford City.

Tenth placed Port Vale have won just one of their last five league games, including a 5-0 away defeat to Bristol City, and go into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with relegation threatened Stevenage.

In terms of head-to-head, the Saddlers have a large advantage with thirty-three wins to Vales' sixteen, there have also been twenty-two draws between the two sides.

Previous five results;
08 Sep '07    Walsall v Port Vale    0-0    League One
26 Dec '07    Port Vale v Walsall    1-1    League One
09 Oct '12    Walsall v Port Vale    2-2 (5-6)    JPT
06 Aug '13    Port Vale v Walsall    1-2    Capital One Cup
30 Nov '13    Walsall v Port Vale    0-2    League One

Walsall will be keen to avenge a 2-0 league defeat suffered at Banks's Stadium in November. If the Saddlers' do defeat Port Vale this weekend it will mark the sides first three game winning run in the league this season.

This weekend's referee will be Carl Berry,who is based in Surrey. Referee Berry has officiated over fifteen games this season, where he has issued forty-eight yellow and no red cards. He has also awarded two penalties.

Ian Crouch and Mark Duncan are scheduled to be running the lines, whilst Edward Smart is set to be Fourth Official.
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