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Match Preview: v Stevenage (H)

Here, we look ahead to the Saddlers' next competitive outing, which sees them come up against Stevenage.
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 on Wednesday evening.

News and Views

Wednesday evening will see the sixteenth-placed Saddlers play host to the twenty-first-placed Stevenage with three much-needed points up for grabs.

Arriving at the match on the back of a one-all draw with title-chasing Newport County, Walsall have enjoyed over a week without a competitive clash, giving the manager and his squad plenty of opportunity to work upon a few of the tactical issues which have continued to blight the campaign.

Winning just two of their last ten League Two outings, the Saddlers are in desperate need of a return to winning ways as they continue to struggle for anything resembling a good run of form with errors, both individual and as a group, remaining as bigger an issue as the results themselves.

With several of his first-choice squad currently spending their time with Head Physio Marc Czuczman, the manager continues to reply upon a fairly small selection of players with the financial crisis allowing him very little wiggle room.

The festive schedule will see the Saddlers taking on teams from the higher and lower reaches of the table and they will need to be at their best if they are to secure more welcome points between now and the New Year.

Opponents Stevenage have won just two of their fourteen league outings so far this season, with their most recent win seeing them defeat Port Vale 2-1 last Tuesday, former Saddler Aramide Oteh amongst the scorers.

Sunday afternoon's penalty shoot-out victory over Hull City in Round Two of the Emirates FA Cup will give Boro plenty of drive to continue their recent upturn in form as they make the trip to WS1 on Wednesday evening.

Head to Head

Walsall and Stevenage have met on just seven previous occasions and its all square with neither side having any win/loss advantage with the Saddlers and the Boro winning two games each.

There have also been three draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, 26th November 2011 as the two sides met in a League One clash in which neither side could gain an advantage as the match ended all-square at nil-nil.

The most recent meeting was a League Two clash which took place at Banks's Stadium on Saturday, 23rd November 2019 and saw the spoils shared as neither side was able to secure an all-important match winning goal.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Tyne and Wear-based Marc Edwards will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to build upon their recent one-all draw with title-chasing Newport County.

Hristo Karaivanov and Richard Bartlett have been named as assistant referees, whilst Declan Bourne will act as Fourth Official.

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Catch the Match

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