Match Preview: v Stevenage (H) Match Preview: v Stevenage (H)
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Match Preview: v Stevenage (H)

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Stevenage.
Don't forget to join us across our social media channels where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers return to action.

Pre-Match News & Views

We've reached the final weekend of the opening month of the 2021/22 season, and, if you consider this a race to reach the summit of the League Two table, the Saddlers are yet to get out of the starting block.
Winless in their four league outings, Matthew Taylor’s team simply have to find the formula which will see them secure maximum points, and soon.

Despite rebuilding the team over the summer break, many of the issues which blighted the team last season continue to take their toll on the current crop.

With a lack of goals and a shaky backline, members of the Saddlers faithful would be forgiven for thinking they'd become trapped in some sort of Groundhog Day-like nightmare, with their team putting them through the mill week in, week out.
However, this squad is still in the 'getting to know each other phase of their relationship and hopefully, with a couple more additions, and a lot more luck, could easily turn things around and make the recent run a mere blip in the road.

Of course, there are plenty more rough rides ahead and, if the injury list continues to grow, and the aforementioned shaky backline continues to allow the opposition to take the points, then Walsall's recurring nightmare may well continue for quite a while yet.
Opposition News

Opponents Stevenage sit 6th in the table ahead of kick-off having won two, drawn one, and lost one of their four league games.
The Boro arrive at the match on the back of a midweek Carabao Cup - Round Two defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, the Chairboys triumphing 5-3 in the post-match penalty shoot-out.
The visitors announced the signing of attacker Bruno Andrade in midweek, the former Queens Park Rangers, Lincoln City, and Salford City man enjoyed two loan spells at The Lamex between 2013 and 2015 and will be a welcome addition heading into the game.
Head to Head

Walsall and Stevenage have met on just nine previous occasions, and it's all square with neither side having any win/loss advantage, with the Saddlers and the Boro winning two games each.

There have also been five draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, 26th November 2011 as the two sides met in a League One clash in which neither side could gain an advantage as the match ended all-square at nil-nil.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Andrew Kitchen, who is based in County Durham, will be the man in the middle, whilst Abbas Khan and Danny Gratton have been named assistant referees. Anthony Da Costa will act as Fourth Official.


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