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Match Preview: v Carlisle United (A)

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

Walsall will arrive at this weekend's match on the back of Tuesday evening's welcome win over Darrell Clarke's Port Vale.
 
Winning the match by Brendan Kiernan's goal-to-nil, the Saddlers halted a winless streak after three games and as a result climbed into the top half of the table for the first time this season.
 
Facing opponents who currently sit atop the relegation zone, the Saddlers have a welcome opportunity to edge closer to the Play-Off places. Of course, the match is far from a foregone conclusion, as the Cumbrians will be looking to secure the win themselves and potentially move out of the dropzone.
 
Carlisle also played in midweek but were unable to secure the win as opponents Harrogate Town eased to victory by two goals to nil. The result saw United stretch their winless run to twelve league games, a spell which sees them sit at the foot of the form table.
 
On the injury front, the Saddlers could be without their midweek match-winner Brendan Kiernan as the winger suffered a cut to his foot during the match and well be assessed closer to kick-off. While Zak Mills isn't quite ready for a return to the fold.

Head to Head

Walsall and Carlisle United have met on sixty-one previous occasions and it's the Saddlers who hold an overall win/ loss advantage, having secured victory on twenty-three occasions compared to the Cumbrians' nineteen.

There have also been nineteen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Brunton Park on Saturday, 7th November 1931 as the two sides met in a Division Three (North) clash which Carlisle won by four-goals-to-nil.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Scott Oldham, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Ivan Stankovic and Joe Simpson have been named assistant referees. Matthew Dicicco will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
19
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
51
2
PENALTIES
2

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