Cambridge United v Walsall: Match Preview Cambridge United v Walsall: Match Preview
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Cambridge United v Walsall: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's League Two clash between the U's and Saddlers.
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

The Saddlers arrive at this weekend's clash on the back of a goalless draw with Exeter City. A draw which saw the Reds secure their first clean-sheet since November and pick up a welcome point along the way.

Although the point was welcome the lack of attacking endeavour wasn't. The midweek match saw Walsall fail to secure a single shot on target, as the team continues to struggle in attack following the departure of Elijah Adebayo to Luton Town.

Whilst Head Coach Brian Dutton's desire to see his team play out from the back and be patient on the ball is promising, the team has lost all desire to get forward and has been struggling to even test the opposing goalkeeper.

As our win-less run grows as do the odds on the team making a move up the table and away from the relegation zone, which is just twelve points away ahead of this weekend's round of games.

The Saddlers have fifteen games remaining and, if they are able to string together a run of wins and draws could yet make a late move on the coveted Play-Off places, however, this will never become even an outside possibility if the team is unable to muster even a shot on target.

Hopefully, the manager and his squad will continue to work upon their desired tactic and begin to have a greater impact upon the opposition backline. But time is of the essence, and there isn't a moment to wait.

Opponents Cambridge sit second in the table ahead of kick-off and will arrive at the game on the back of a narrow defeat to Scunthorpe United, a result which saw them take on their second defeat in three league games.

The U's will no doubt be keen to return to winning ways as they welcome the Saddlers to the Abbey Stadium this weekend.

Head to Head

The Saddlers and Us have met on just fourteen previous occasions and its Walsall who hold an overall head-to-head lead having won eight times compared to Cambridge's four.

There have also been just two draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at took place at Fellows Park on Boxing Day, Wednesday, 26th December 1973 as the two sides faced-off in a Division Three clash which saw the Saddlers score three goals without reply.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Ben Toner, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to build upon their midweek draw with Exeter City.

Andrew Aylott and Adam Ricketts have been named as assistant referees, whilst Paul Howard 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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