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Walsall v Newport County: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to Wednesday's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Exiles.
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 the Saddlers return to action.

News and Views

Last weekend's one-all draw with Stevenage saw the Saddlers enter a drab display as, despite Caolan Lavery's first-minute goal, the Reds simple didn't get going as the Boro went on to secure a point via Elliott List's second-half leveller.

The result saw Walsall extend their recent run to just one win in their last nine league outings, a spell which has seen them sit midtable, clear of the drop-zone but without making much progress towards the top seven.

Head Coach Brian Dutton, speaking after the draw with Stevenage, admitted to making something of a tactical misstep as his team failed to take the game to their hosts, managing just two shots on target from just five efforts in total.

The Saddlers have a hectic schedule ahead and will need to be at their best if they are to make any inroads towards the Play-Off places, something which Brian Dutton has made no secret of his desire to work towards.

Opponents Newport have won just one of their last twelve league outings and are in dire need of a return to form if they are to avoid slipping out of the Play-Off places.

The Exiles' most recent outing took place on Sunday and saw them defeated by Forest Green Rovers by two-goals-to-nil.

Head to Head

Walsall and Newport County have met on sixty-five previous occasions and its the Exiles who hold a narrow Head to Head lead having won on twenty-five previous occasions compared to the Saddlers' twenty-three.

There have also been seventeen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 8th October 1927 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which Newport won by three-goals-to-nil.

The last three meetings have ended all-square including the most recent match, which took place at Rodney Parade on Tuesday, 24th November 2020 and saw Elijah Adebayo score for the Reds whilst Scott Twine netted for the home side.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Sam Allison, who is based in Wiltshire, will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to build upon last Saturday's draw with Stevenage.

Geoffrey Russell and Kevin Morris have been named as assistant referees, whilst Peter Wright will act as Fourth Official.

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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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