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Match Preview: v Leyton Orient (A)

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Leyton Orient.
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Pre-Match News & Views

Last weekend's welcome win over Salford City gave the Saddlers faithful plenty of reasons to be cheerful, as forward Conor Wilkinson made a welcome return to snatch all three points deep into second-half stoppage time.
 
The team had reached the match on the back of a two-all draw with Exeter City and will be hoping to make it three unbeaten as they make the trip to Brisbane Road on Saturday afternoon.
 
Whilst the team is scoring on a fairly consistent basis, they are also taking on goals at a disappointingly regular rate, and will have to become much more tight at the back if they are to mount any sort of challenge on mid-table.
 
The other thing currently having an impact upon the team is the injury list and, whilst Wilkinson's return was a welcome one, there are a few more players we'd also happily have back in the fold, with Liam Kinsella and Rory Holden being particularly big losses.

A few good results from this weekend's matches and the Saddlers could be comfortably clear of the drop zone, for a few days at least.

Opponents, Leyton Orient, are currently sitting in the Play-Off places, with Kenny Jackett's side losing just one of their last seven league games.
 
The O's will arrive at the match on the back of a one-all draw with Barrow, a result which saw them rebound from a 3-2 defeat to Darrell Clarke's Port Vale.

Head to Head

Walsall and Leyton Orient have met on seventy-five  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 twenty draws in 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 a Division Three (South) clash which ended all-square with one goal apiece.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Ollie Yates, who is based in Staffordshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Andrew Laver and Andy Bennett have been named assistant referees. Paul Kelly will act as Fourth Official.

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