Match Preview: v Bolton Wanderers (H) Match Preview: v Bolton Wanderers (H)
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Match Preview: v Bolton Wanderers (H)

Here we look ahead to the Saddlers' next competitive outing, which sees them come up against Bolton Wanderers.
Don't forget you can join across social media where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as Darrell Clarke and his Saddlers return to action.

News and Views

Walsall arrive at this weekend's match on the back of last weekend's superb showing away to the in-form Tranmere Rovers.

Comfortably dispatching with the Superwhites by three-goals-to-one, the Saddlers were simply sublime as they defeated a team which had won its previous five league games as Darrell Clarke's side showed just what they are capable of.

With Elijah Adebayo, Wes McDonald and Dan Scarr all getting on the score-sheet against the Rovers, Walsall have something to build upon heading into this weekend's match.

Despite earning much less of the ball the Saddlers created much more goal-scoring opportunities as they hosts as they finally showed that they are capable of putting another team to the sword, although they could and probably should have won by a bigger margin.

Bolton's most recent outing was a high-scoring affair which also took place last Saturday and saw them defeated by mid-table rivals Port Vale, the Valiants hitting six goals as Wanderers managed just three.

The result saw Bolton's winning streak ended at four league games with Ian Evatt's side surely arriving in WS1 with a determination to return to winning was as they take on Clarke's unpredictable Saddlers.

Head to Head

Walsall and Bolton Wanderers have met on twenty-four previous occasions and it's the Trotters who hold an overall win/loss advantage having won on twelve occasions compared to the Saddlers' eight

There have also been four draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 25th November 1899 as the two sides met in a League Division Two clash in which ended two-all.

The most recent meeting, an Emirates FA Cup - Third Round clash, took place at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, 5th January 2019 and saw the Saddlers exit the tournament by five-two as goals from Andy Cook and Mark Beevers (OG) goal were not enough to secure safe passage to the next round..

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Lancashire-based Michael Salisbury will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to build upon their recent one-all draw with Stevenage.

Mark Jones and Wade Smith have been named as assistant referees, whilst Johnathan Hunt will act as Fourth Official.


Catch the Match

As we're still unable to attend the game in person we can catch the match via the club's in-house service - iFollow Walsall - which takes you through the highs and lows of each and every Saddlers match.

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