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Match Preview: v Oldham Athletic (A)

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday's meeting between the Saddlers and Oldham Athletic.
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Pre-Match News & Views

Walsall will arrive at the match on the back of a three game unbeaten run, which has seen them hold both Exeter City and Leyton Orient to draws either side of a welcome win over Salford City.

Saturday's stalemate with Leyton Orient saw the Reds enter another frustrating performance as they could and should have taken all three points as their hosts were there for the taking.

Although the table still doesn't look good, Matthew Taylor's side have started to look like a team capable of taking points, and more importantly wins, from games and seem to be on the cusp of a breakout display.

With goals still arriving at a fairly regular rate, the Saddlers have netted at least a goal per game in the league so far this season, the team must become more secure at the back as, despite the recent run, they continue to toil towards the foot of the table.

Tuesday's meeting with Oldham represents another opportunity to move away from danger, but the game is far from a foregone conclusion, as the Latics will be buoyed by their recent 3-0 win over Stevenage.
 
Joining the Saddlers in the 'Poor Form Club', Oldham have won two of their last seven in the league, and would also welcome another victory as they look to edge away from danger.

Head to Head

Walsall and Oldham Athletic have met on sixty-two previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who hold the narrowest of overall win/ loss lead, having secured victory on twenty-four occasions compared to the Latics' twenty-three.

There have also been fifteen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Friday, 10th April 1936 as the two sides met in a Division Three (North) clash which Oldham won by two-goals-to-one.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Ross Joyce, who is based in Cleveland, will be the man in the middle, whilst Graeme Fyvie and Christopher Ward have been named assistant referees. Peter Gooch will act as Fourth Official.

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