PREVIEW: NOTTS COUNTY v WALSALL PREVIEW: NOTTS COUNTY v WALSALL
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PREVIEW: NOTTS COUNTY v WALSALL

This weekend Walsall Football Club travel to Nottingham to take on Notts County in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season. Below is the latest pre-match news, including ticket information.
This weekend Walsall Football Club travel to Nottingham to take on Notts County in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season. Below is the latest pre-match news, including ticket information.

The Saddlers arrive at the game on the back of an encouraging 1-0 victory over top-half side Chesterfield.

The Saddlers defeating their recently promoted opponents thanks to top-scorer Tom Bradshaw, who notched his sixth goal of the season.

 WALSALL TEAM NEWS 
Walsall manager Dean Smith almost has a fully-fit squad to select from, as his sides injury crisis appears to be near an end. Midfielder Sam Mantom continued his search for match fitness by playing for the Saddlers Reserve side during their midweek win over Wrexham.

Smith is not expected to make many changes to the side that overcame Chesterfield last weekend.

Jordan Cook, who came off during the Spireites win with a hamstring issue, has trained this week and is back in contention.

Meanwhile, young central defender Matt Preston will be unavailable with a toe injury.

 OUR OPPONENTS 
Notts County, who are currently 4th in Sky Bet League One, arrive at the game on the back of an unconvincing 1-0 away victory over bottom-of-the-table side Scunthorpe United, County's victory thanks to a last minute Zeli Ismail penalty.

The Magpies aren't expected to make many changes this weekend, with manager Shaun Derry unlikely to unsettle his in-form side.

 HEAD TO HEAD 
Of the sixty-two previous meetings, it's Notts County who hold the overall lead, with twenty-six victories to the Saddlers' twenty. There have also been sixteen draws between the two sides.

Their first encounter took place on 20th January 1894, the Magpies emerging victorious (2-0) against the Walsall Town Swifts.

In more modern times, the Saddlers won the most recent meeting, which took place on 25th January 2014, 5-1 - at Meadow Lane, thanks to goals from Febian Brandy (3), Andy Butler and Craig Westcarr respectively. Callum McGregor scored the home-sides consolation goal.

Of the last ten games, Walsall have won four, lost three and drawn three.

 THE OFFICIALS 
Saturday afternoon's match between Walsall and hosts Notts County will be refereed by Mr. Simon Hooper, who is based in Wiltshire.

Referee Hooper, has officiated over fifteen games this season, where he has issued forty-three yellow and two red cards.

The most recent Walsall match officiated over by Hooper was the Saddlers 2-0 victory over Portsmouth on 4th January 2014, there were no bookings or dismissals during the game.

Simon Barrow and Mathew Buonassisi are set to be referee's assistants, whilst Andrew Newbold is due to be Fourth Official.

 TICKET NEWS  THIS MATCH IS NOT ALL-TICKET 
Walsall have been sent an allocation for the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, which are on advance sale from the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office at the following prices:

ADULTS: £24 (adults)
16-21s // OVER 60s: £15
UNDER 16's: £6

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled is price relevant to age category with carer free of charge for persons of higher or medium rate DLA.

There will be limited parking spaces available for disabled supporters - these are only available if purchased in advance on 01159 952 9000.

Tickets will be on advance sale up until midday on Friday, October 31st 2014.
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