JPT PREVIEW: WALSALL v SHEFFIELD UNITED JPT PREVIEW: WALSALL v SHEFFIELD UNITED
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JPT PREVIEW: WALSALL v SHEFFIELD UNITED

This coming Wednesday, Walsall Football Club play host to Sheffield United in the Area Quarter Final of this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy competition.
This coming Wednesday, Walsall Football Club play host to Sheffield United in the Area Quarter Final of this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy competition.

Walsall arrive at the game on the back of an FA Cup First Round draw with near rivals Shrewsbury Town, a draw which adds yet another fixture to an already bloated Football League calendar.

 WALSALL TEAM NEWS 
Walsall manager Dean Smith is not expected to make many changes to his side as he looks to progress in the competition.

Summer signing Jordan Cook could be in line for a return after he missed the weekend draw with Shrewsbury Town through illness.

 OUR OPPONENTS 
Sheffield United arrive at this weeks match following a 0-0 FA Cup First Round draw with Crewe Alexandra, the Blades unable to break down a determined Alex defence.

Manager Nigel Clough may choose to rotate his squad as he looks to preserve his first-teamers' fitness for all-important league games.

Michael Higdon (hamstring) and Marc McNulty (facial injury) are still missing with James Wallace still a doubt.

Diego De Girolamo, having come back from his loan with York City last week, could start after impressing from the bench in the FA Cup on Saturday.

 HEAD TO HEAD 
Of the twenty-five previous meetings it is Sheffield United that hold the overall lead, with twelve wins to the Saddlers' six. There have also been seven draws during the fixtures history.

Their first match took place on 7th January 1893, Sheffield United defeating the Walsall Town Swifts 3-0 at Bramall Lane.

In more modern times, Walsall hold the most recent victory, a 2-1 win on New Years' Day, goals from Craig Westcarr and James Chambers proving enough to secure all three points for the Reds, despite Chris Porter's 17th minute opener.

Over the last five games Walsall have won two, drawn two and lost one,

 THE OFFICIALS 
This week's referee is scheduled to be Mr. David Coote, who is based in Nottinghamshire.

Referee Coote has taken control of five games this season, where he has issued twelve yellows, and one red card.

His most recent Walsall match was the Saddlers' 2-0 televised Sky Bet League One victory over Peterborough United, which took place on 18th November 2013.

Walsall were victorious thanks to goals from Milan Lalkovic and Romaine Sawyers.

The Posh had three players booked, Daniel Kearns, Mark Little and Shaun Brisley, with Brisley also receiving a second yellow during the second half.

Mr. Coote will be assisted by Antony Coggins and Ian Dudley, whilst Philip Gibbs is due to be Fourth Official.

 TICKET NEWS 
 THIS MATCH IS NOT ALL-TICKET 

ADULTS: £10
OVER 60's: £5
UNDER 18's: £1

 PLEASE NOTE  The Upper and Middle Tiers of the Tile Choice Stand will be closed as will, initially, the Away Stand.

Sheffield United supporters will be housed in Blocks G, H and I of the Family Stand.

Blocks E & F will be a buffer, whilst Blocks A, B, C and D will house Walsall supporters, as will the Main Stand and Lower Tier of the Tile Choice Stand.

Season-ticket holders in the Upper & Middle Tier of the Tile Choice Stand can move to any other area of stadium.
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