Match Preview: v Exeter City (A) Match Preview: v Exeter City (A)
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Match Preview: v Exeter City (A)

Here we look ahead to this weekend's clash between the Saddlers and Exeter City.
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Pre-Match News & Views

The Saddlers arrive at this weekend's match on the back of two defeats in as many games and in dire need of a return to winning ways.
Securing maximum points in just two of their nine League Two outings, Matthew Taylor's side have struggled to find their feet and are currently on course to at least equal the worst in many generations finish which the team secured last season.

The ever-increasing injury list, coupled with the team’s lack of wins, has given the fans very little to get behind, resulting in yet more dissention from the sidelines.

Whilst a few wins and with them improved displays will go a long way to settling the supporters, it's difficult to see just where those welcome results will come from.

Taking on a promotion and play-off chasing Grecians side, which is looking to return to winning ways following an unexpected draw with Hartlepool United, the Reds will have to be at their best if they are to take anything from the match.

With the likes of Liam Kinsella, Emmanuel Osadebe, Rory Holden and Conor Wilkinson likely to miss varying spells of action through injury, it's time for their lesser-used colleagues to step up and be counted.

Whilst the season is still fairly young, we're only a few months from the turn of the year and a continuation of this inconsistent form will not be enough to see the team avoid another battle against the drop, so there is no time like the present.

Opponents Exeter currently sit sixth in the table and have avoided defeat in their last seven league outings, form which should send shivers down the spine of the Saddlers faithful.

Head to Head

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

There have also been fifteen draws in 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 a Division Three (South) clash which our hosts would go on to win by three-goals-to-nil.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Peter Wright, who is based on Merseyside, will be the man in the middle, whilst Kevin Morris and Paul Lister have been named assistant referees. Adam Ricketts will act as Fourth Official.


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