Walsall v Bradford City: Match Preview Walsall v Bradford City: Match Preview
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Walsall v Bradford City: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's League Two clash between Walsall and Bradford City.
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News and Views

The Saddlers are back in action this weekend as they play host to Bradford City, with the Reds looking to out the brakes on another winless run.

Heading into the match on the back of their midweek defeat to Newport County, Brian Dutton's side have failed to secure maximum points in any of their last four league outings and will be looking to return to winning ways as they welcome the in-form Bantams to WS1.

Walsall are looking to halt a run which has seen them steadily slip down the table over recent weeks and will have to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later if they are to keep within range of the Play-Off places.

Recent performances have seen the Saddlers look to play the ball on the ground and whilst they have made some inroads in terms of possession the team is still struggling to create much of note in attack, with very few shots on target secured.

Opponents Bradford City have won their last three games and sit six points off the Play-Off places heading into this weekend's match, giving the Saddlers a huge task ahead of them if they are to return to winning ways.

Head to Head

The Saddlers and Bantams have met on fifty-one previous occasions and its our visitors who hold a narrow overall lead having won sixteen times compared to the Saddlers' fourteen.

There have also been twenty-one draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 7th January 1922 as the two sides faced-off in an FA Cup - First Round clash, which would ultimately end in a draw and force a replay just three days later.

The original fixture produced six goals but still couldn't separate the sides, however the replay saw four goals scored with a clear gap between the two as the Bantams eased through to the Second Round, winning by four-goals-to-nil.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Scott Oldham, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle whilst Daniel Flynn and Dean Treleaven have been named as assistant referees. Robert Lewis 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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