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Match Preview: Leyton Orient (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' upcoming League Two clash with Leyton Orient.
Don't forget to join us on Twitter and Facebook, where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers return to action on Bank Holiday Monday.

Pre-Match Views

Walsall's winless run continued on Good Friday afternoon as they and Harrogate Town played out a goalless draw at an empty Banks's Stadium.

Whilst the Saddlers entered a much-improved performance, the Reds venturing into more than a couple of shots on goal and even seeing an Emmanuel Osadebe spot-kick saved, their spell of form continues to be a cause for concern.

Winning just once in their last nineteen games, Walsall have been amongst the worst performing teams in the country and will no doubt welcome the season coming to an end in early May.

Recent results from elsewhere have so far spared the Saddlers a move closer to the foot of the table but the need for wins is growing as the gap between them and the drop zone is just seven points ahead of kick-off.

The return of long-term absentee Rory Holden may prove to be the turning point for the Saddlers as he offers so much going forward and could be that spark needed to get his side back among the goals.

With just eight games between now and the end of the season Brian Dutton's side need to find that winning formula and soon if they are to avoid a nail-biting end to what has been a dreadful 2020/21 campaign.

Opposition News

Opponents Leyton Orient sit ninth in the League Two table ahead of kick-off, just one point outside the Play-Off places and with a strong spell of form behind them.

Along with a Good Friday victory over Nigel Clough's Mansfield Town, the O's have remained undefeated in their last six outings and will be looking to make the leap into the top seven as they play host to the Saddlers on Monday afternoon.

Head to Head

Walsall and Leyton Orient have met on seventy-four previous occasions and its Orient who hold a comfortable win/loss advantage having won on thirty-one occasions compared to the Saddlers' twenty-four.

There have also been nineteen draws the history of the fixture, a history which began at Whittle's Athletic Ground on Saturday, 12th October 1929 as Clapton Orient and the Saddlers met in an Division Three (South) clash which ended all-square with one goal apiece.

The most recent meeting took place at the Banks's on Tuesday, 13th October and saw the Saddlers take all three points as, despite Caolan Lavery's missed penalty and Danny Johnson's seventh goal in eight games, goals from Rory Holden and Elijah Adebayo saw Walsall home to victory.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Paul Howard, who is based in London will be the man in the middle, whilst Greg Read and Stephen Brown have been named as assistant referees. Scott Williams 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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