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PREVIEW: GILLINGHAM v WALSALL

This coming Saturday, Walsall Football Club travel to Kent to take on Gillingham in the latest round of Sky Bet League One campaign.
This coming Saturday, Walsall Football Club travel to Kent to take on Gillingham in the latest round of Sky Bet League One campaign.

Walsall arrive at the match on the back of a disappointing 4-0 hammering at the hands of Rochdale.

The result adds to the Saddlers' run of just three wins in twenty-eight league and cup games, a record which dates back to the January 25th 1-5 away drubbing of Notts County.

 WALSALL TEAM NEWS 
Walsall will once again be without James Chambers (groin), Rico Henry, Sam Mantom (knee), Ben Purkiss (ankle), Matt Preston (thigh), and Jordan Cook (ankle).

Club captain Adam Chambers, and top scorer Tom Bradshaw, who both faced, and failed, a fitness test ahead of the Rochdale defeat, will be assessed ahead of the game.


 OUR OPPONENTS 
Gillingham, who lie 10th in Sky Bet League One, arrive at this weekend's match on the back of a surprise win over high-flyers Peterborough United (2-1).

The Gills have won three of their last five league matches, with victories over Crewe Alexandra, Stevenage and the aforementioned Posh, they were however humbled 4-1 by recently relegated Barnsley in mid-August.

Top scorer Danny Kedwell is ruled out, the striker underwent knee surgery earlier this week and is expected to miss at least three months of action.

 HEAD TO HEAD 
In terms of head-to-head, of the one-hundred-and-six matches played, Gillingham hold a slight lead, with forty-five wins to the Saddlers' forty-one. There have also been twenty draws between the two.

Their first meeting took place in Division Three (South), on 24th September 1927, the match ending in a 7-4 win for the Saddlers, in-front of 6,923 at Fellows Park.

In more recent times, the two sides have drawn the last four meetings, with the Saddlers notching the last victory (2-1) on 26th January 2008.

 THE OFFICIALS 
Today's referee is scheduled to be James Adcock, who is based in Nottinghamshire. Referee Adcock has officiated over eight matches in various competitions so far this season, where he has issued twenty-six yellow, and one red card. He has also awarded one penalty.

Adrian Sannerude and Ashley Slaughter are scheduled to run the lines, whilst Gavin Muge will be Fourth Official.

 TICKET INFORMATION 
Walsall supporters will be located in the Brian Moore Stand, tickets are priced as follows:

 ADVANCE 
ADULTS: £17
OVER 65'S: £15
UNDER 18'S: £10
UNDER 12'S: £5

 MATCHDAY 
ADULTS: £21
OVER 65'S: £19
UNDER 18'S: £12
UNDER 12'S: £7

Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled supporters are charged at the relevant price for their age category and are entitled to a carer to attend free of charge. In order to qualify for this, you must be in receipt of the higher rate of DLA

Tickets are on advance sale at the above rates from the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office up until midday on Friday.

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