Exeter City v Walsall: Match Preview Exeter City v Walsall: Match Preview
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Exeter City v Walsall: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two clash between Exeter City and Walsall.
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

After going winless through February the Saddlers open the month of March with a tough trip to St James Park where they will take on Play-Off chasing Exeter City.

Heading into the match on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Bradford City, the Saddlers are in search of some much-needed points and, after creating just one shot on target against the Bantams, an improved performance.

Head Coach Brian Dutton was quick to admit he and his team have failed to perform over recent games but talk is cheap and the team simply has to find its feet and soon.

Despite being closer to the Play-Offs than the drop zone the Saddlers' recent form has without doubt seen them enter a battle for survival and unless things can be turned around soon we could easily be dragged further into trouble.

However, with sixteen games still to play there is plenty more time for the team to climb back up the table and away from any danger of spending at least one season in the National League.

Opponents Exeter City will also arrive at Tuesday's meeting on the back of a defeat as the Grecians saw a four-game unbeaten spell brought to an end by Crawley Town, with the Red Devils winning by two-goals-to-nil.

Matt Taylor's side will have a point to prove as Crawley were able to take the game to their opponents following Tom Parkes' red card along with a controversially-awarded penalty which helped Crawley take the lead before going on to grab a pressure-easing second.

Head to Head

Walsall and Exeter City have met on eighty previous occasions and its the Saddlers who hold a comfortable win/loss advantage having won on forty occasions compared to the Grecians' twenty-six.

There have also been fourteen draws the history of the fixture, a history which began at St James Park on Saturday, 17th December 1927 as the Saddlers and Grecians met in an Division Three (South) clash which our hosts would go on to win by three-goals-to-nil.

The most recent meeting took place at the Banks's on Saturday, 17th October 2020 and saw the share spoils as the two sides played out a goalless draw.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that John Busby, who is based in Oxfordshire, will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to bounce back from Saturday's defeat to Bradford City.

Ravel Cheosiaua and Mark Derrien have been named as assistant referees, whilst Scott Jackson 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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