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Southend United v Walsall: Match Preview

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

The Saddlers winless woes continued at the weekend as, despite taking the lead via Sam Perry's first senior goal, they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, extending their spell to ten games without victory.

In fact, the Saddlers have won just once since defeating Port Vale on 19th December, a run which puts them among the worst performing sides in the nation, with the pre-season promise now all but forgotten.

With eleven games remaining there are plenty of points available for the Saddlers to secure their future in League Two and give the board some time to appoint a competent Director of Football.

However, with this weeks duo of games seeing the Reds take on both of the bottom two, there has been no better time to string together a string of results than now.

Reach next Sunday with a duo of wins and the Saddlers will enjoy a welcome gap over the relegation zone and should head into their next games with a little bit of a spring in their step.

But add to the recent run of results and Brian Dutton's side will be within just a few points of the drop zone and facing the very real prospect of falling out of the EFL altogether.

Whilst it is important to retain at least some confidence and belief, the Saddlers have been in such a dismal spell of form for so long that you'd be hard pressed to find a fan who would back the team to drag itself out of this ever-increasing pit.

Hopefully, with some of the walking wounded, including Rory Holden, set to return, the team will be able to find the goals needed to climb away from danger, however unlikely that may seem.

Opponents Southend United are winless in their last six outings and will arrive at Tuesday's match on the back of a late draw with Scunthorpe United where a late Alfie Beestin goal cancelled out Ashley Nathaniel-George's earlier penalty.

Head to Head

There have been eighty-seven competitive meetings between Walsall and Southend United and it's the Shrimpers who hold a comfortable head-to-head lead having tasted victory on forty-three occasions, compared to the Saddlers' twenty-five.

There have been nineteen draws over the history of the fixture. A history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 29th October 1927 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which the visitors' won by one-goal-to-nil.

The most recent meeting took place at the Banks's in November 2020 and saw Emile Acquah's goal secure the points for the Shrimpers as they were able to end a poor run of form at the expense of the Saddlers. Alfie Bates added to Walsall's woes as he saw red deep into second-half stoppage time.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that David Rock, who is based in Hertfordshire will be the man in the middle, whilst Martyn Holmes and Adrian Tranter have been named as assistant referees. Darren Blunden 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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You can purchase a subscription, or find further information on the service by clicking HERE.

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