PREVIEW: v SHEFFIELD UNITED (A) PREVIEW: v SHEFFIELD UNITED (A)

PREVIEW: v SHEFFIELD UNITED (A)

On Saturday afternoon Walsall Football Club will travel North to take on Sheffield United in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season, here is the latest team news, head to head statistics, and more.
On Saturday afternoon Walsall Football Club will travel North to take on Sheffield United in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season, here is the latest team news, head to head statistics, and more.

  WALSALL LATEST  
Dean Smith's side haven't lost in six league fixtures, and arrive at the game on the back of an encouraging 3-1 victory over Barnsley.

Left-back Andy Taylor, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury, will be back in contention but may have to settle for a place on the bench after two good performances from first-year-pro Rico Henry..

Whilst midfielder Sam Mantom is set to miss out as he continues to work on his fitness levels.

  THE OPPOSITION  
Fifth placed Sheffield United will arrive at the game following a fantastic 1-0 victory over FA Premier League outfit Southampton, in the Quarter Final of the Capital One Cup.

Nigel Clough's men have won just one of their last five league games, (drawn three, lost one), and can be accused of allowing their various cup adventures to distract from their league campaign, having also reached the Third Round of the FA Cup earlier in December.

The Blades currently have no new injury concerns and will look to get their league form back on track at the weekend.

  HEAD TO HEAD  
In terms of head-to-head, of the twenty-six matches played, it's the Blades that hold the advantage, with twelve wins to the Saddlers' seven. There have also been seven draws during the fixture's history.

Their first meeting took place on 7th January 1893, in League Division Two, Sheffield United defeating Walsall Town Swifts by three-goals-to-nil at Bramall Lane.

Their most recent encounter took place on 12th November this year, the Saddlers defeating the Blades by one goal in the Quarter Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Romaine Sawyers heading home from an Anthony Forde corner ten minutes after half time.

Walsall have won two of the last five meetings, drawing two and losing just one. When extended to the most recent ten meetings the Saddlers don't fare any better, with five defeats, three wins and two draws.

  THE OFFICIALS  
The referee for this match is scheduled to be Mr. Graham Horwood, who is based in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Mr. Barry Gordon and Mr. Ollie Yates will be assisting the referee, whilst Mr. Ricky Wootton is due to be Fourth Official.

Referee Horwood has taken charge of twelve games this season, where he has issued forty-seven yellow, and four red cards. He has also awarded just one penalty during this campaign.

Horwood officiated over two Walsall games last season, the most recent was the Saddlers' 3-2 defeat away to Stevenage, which took place on 26th April 2014.

Jimmy Smith opened the scoring for the home side, with Mal Benning equalising just after half time.

Craig Westcarr put Walsall in the lead before Joseph N'Guessan bought the Boro back into the game.

Winger Luke Freeman scored with just eight minutes of normal time remaining, a goal which secured all three points for the home side.

Bira Dembele and Conor Henderson were booked for the Boro, whilst Malvind Benning saw yellow for the Saddlers.

  BETTING  
Football League sponsors Sky Bet are currently offering various bets for this game, including 'First Goalscorer', 'Correct Score', and much more.

Odds of;  Sheffield United 19/20 DRAW 9/4 Walsall 3/1 are currently* available.

Click HERE to visit the Sky Bet website.

*Odds correct as of 02:00, 19/12/2014.

  TICKET NEWS  
£19.50 (adults), £13 (over-60s), £11 (young adults aged 17-21 and students with valid NUS card) and £1 (juniors under-17). 

A decision will be made closer to the game as to whether it will be possible to purchase tickets on the day of the game. If this is the case then adult price will increase by £2 and concessionary prices will increase by £1, although the admission price for juniors under-17 will remain at £1. 


There are a maximum of ten pairs each of ambulant and wheelchair disabled tickets with carer. These are priced at £13 for the disabled supporter with carer free of charge - available for persons with higher or middle rate DLA.


Further information can be found, HERE.
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