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Match Preview: Cheltenham Town (H)

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Robins.
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News and Views

Following our recent draw with Mansfield Town, attention turns to title-chasing Cheltenham Town as they pay a visit to the Black Country on Tuesday evening for a swiftly rearranged weather-affected clash.

A debut goal from on-loan Lincoln City man Max Melbourne was enough to secure a point against the in-form Stags a week ago and a similar result wouldn't be too disappointing tomorrow evening, especially as they enjoyed an all-too-comfortable three-nil win in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.

The manager-less Reds have now gone four games without defeat and although they're hardly setting the world alight have been able to collect a few welcome points following the dismal spell which we endured during the Christmas period.

On-loan Oxford United striker Derick Osei Yaw could add to the few minutes he earned off the bench in midweek whilst Max Melbourne is likely to retain his starting spot having made his debut in style.

Despite currently sitting in the top three of the League Two table, opponents Cheltenham have won just two of their last thirteen all-competition outings as their mid-season slump continues.

Manager Michael Duff will no doubt be hoping his team can both emulate their earlier win over the Saddlers whilst building upon their narrow midweek win over Harrogate Town - defender Will Boyle grabbing the only goal of the game shortly before half-time.

Head to Head

There have been just nine competitive meetings between Walsall and Cheltenham Town, and it's level pegging in terms of head to head with three wins apiece.

There have also been three draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Whaddon Road on Tuesday, 2th November 2004 as the two sides met in the Second Round of the LDV Vans Trophy.

The match ended two-all after extra time with Jorge Leitao (56' & 114') bagging a brace for the Saddlers, whilst Steve Guinan (23') and John Brough (111') netted for the home side, taking the match to a penalty shoot-out.

Walsall would be the team which ultimately reached the Third Round as Michael Standing, Leroy Williams, Paul Merson and Darren Wrack all slotted home from the spot, securing the win by four penalties to three.

The most recent meeting took place at the now-named Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday, 21st November 2020 and saw Cheltenham win by three-goals-to-nil as a Dan Scarr own goal was followed up by strikes from Matty Blair and Ben Tozer as the home side collected all three points.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that David Webb, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to build upon their recent one-all draw with Mansfield Town.

Nik Barnard and Bhupinder Gill have been named as assistant referees, whilst Matthew Jones will act as Fourth Official.

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Catch the Match

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