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This weekend Walsall Football Club travel to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United in the latest round of Sky Bet League One campaign.
This weekend Walsall Football Club travel to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United in the latest round of Sky Bet League One campaign.

Walsall arrive at this weekends match on the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Premier League outfit Crystal Palace, which extends the Saddlers' poor run to just three wins in twenty four league and cup games, a record which dates back to the January 25th 5-1 drubbing of Notts County


The Saddlers will be without summer signing Jordan Cook, who returned to light training earlier this week, but continues to receive treatment for a slight ankle fracture.

Right-back Ben Purkiss also misses out after rolling his ankle during the opening week of pre-season training.

Midfield man Sam Mantom is set to get back into action soon, following treatment on a knee ligament issue.

New signing Mathieu Manset is set to make his club debut this weekend after joining the club late on Tuesday evening.

Scunthorpe United are winless in the league so far this season, with just two goals in four games. The Iron did however knock Championship side Blackburn Rovers out of the Capital One Cup earlier this month before succumbing to Reading in the Second Round on Tuesday evening.

Manager Russ Wilcox could be in the hunt for a new striker following a knee injury to Deon Burton.

The 37-year-old, who missed their weekend draw at Yeovil and Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie, has had a scan on his knee which revealed damage to his medial ligament and he could miss up to eight weeks.

Of the forty matches played, it's Walsall that hold a slight lead, with thirteen wins to their opponents twelve. There have also been fifteen draws between the two.

Their first encounter took place on 28th November 1936 in the First Round of the FA Cup. Walsall won the match 3-0 at Fellows Park.

Their most recent meeting took place on 13th April 2013, the match ended in a 1-1 draw Niall Canavan and Will Grigg getting the goals.

The Saddlers have won just one of the previous five meetings, four in the previous ten.

This weekend's referee is scheduled to be Andy Davies, who is based in Hampshire. Davies has officiated over three matches so far this season, where he has issued eight yellow cards.

Matthew Donohue and Ben Toner are set to run the lines, whilst Matt McGrath will be Fourth Official.
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