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Match Preview: v Doncaster Rovers (H)

3:00 pm Friday, 14 September 2018
Here we take a closer look at Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League One clash between Walsall and visitors, Doncaster Rovers, which is a clash which will see Dean Keates' unbeaten Saddlers look to keep their superb streak alive.
Both the Saddlers and Donny have enjoyed strong starts to the league season, with the visitors losing just one of their opening seven outings, whilst Keates has led his side through an unbeaten opening spell.

Walsall Latest
The Saddlers arrive at the match following last weekend's encouraging one-all draw with promotion favourites Barnsley, in a clash which saw summer signing Andy Cook come off the bench to secure a well-deserved point for his side.

Manager Keates opted to switch from his favoured 4-4-2 formation and sent his side out in a 4-1-4-1 set up, enabling them to switch to 4-3-3 when in attack. The gaffer is expected to revert back to his usual formation this weekend, but has already shown that he has a much-coveted 'Plan B' available to call upon.

Winger Zeli Ismail, who missed the clash with the Tykes, faces a late fitness test as he has been struggling with a recurrence of a hamstring injury and may not be risked with other options available.

Club captain Adam Chambers (foot) remains on the treatment table, while midfielder Joe Edwards (knee), and the versatile Kory Roberts (broken leg) also continue to work their way towards a return to action.

Opposition Team News
Seventh-placed Rovers, who are managed by Grant McCann, have won just one of their last five league outings (D3;L1) and arrive at the match on the back of a narrow 2-1 victory over Luton Town as goals from Matty Blair and Ben Whiteman helped them to secure their first win in seven matches.

The gaffer could name an unchanged side from the line-up which defeated the Hatters last weekend. On-loan Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane, who was forced off during last weekend's win, has been passed fit.

However, club captain Tommy Rowe is out for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury which he suffered during a recent Checkatrade Trophy match against Newcastle United's Under-21s.

Head to Head
The Saddlers and Rovers have met on sixty-two previous occasions, and it's Walsall who hold the overall lead having won thirty-two times compared to Doncaster's twenty-one. The two sides have also held each other to a draw on nine previous occasions.

Man in the Middle
We now know that Oxfordshire-based Antony Coggins will be the man in the middle, with Andrew Hendley, and Robert Atkin being named as assistants. Marvyn Amphlett is set to act as Fourth Official

Listen Live
Supporters who are unable to attend the game can listen LIVE to full match commentary via the club's in-house audio service - iFollow Walsall - which takes you through the highs and lows of another Saddlers match.

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