Match Preview: v Port Vale (A) Match Preview: v Port Vale (A)
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Match Preview: v Port Vale (A)

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday's League Two clash between the Saddlers and Port Vale.
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Pre-Match News & Views

After avoiding a third defeat in as many games thanks to their goalless draw with Rochdale, the Saddlers move on to Tuesday evening's meeting with promotion-chasing Port Vale.
Although many fans welcomed Carl Rushworth's clean sheet, the Saddlers' lack of attacking endeavour was a frustration as they had ample opportunity to take all three points against a lacklustre Dale.
Managed by former Walsall Head Coach Darrell Clarke, tomorrow’s opponents have been in fine form over the last few weeks, losing just one of their last six league games.
Despite their recent run, Vale will arrive at the match on the back of a defeat as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat away to Oldham Athletic at the weekend, defender Aaron Martin putting the ball into his own net, securing the points for the Latics.

Head to Head

Walsall and Port Vale have met on ninety-five previous occasions and it's the Saddlers who hold a comfortable win/ loss advantage, having won on forty-four occasions compared to the Valiants' twenty-five.

There have also been twenty-six over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the Athletic Ground on Saturday, 31st December 1892 as Burslem Port Vale and Walsall Town Swifts met in a League Division Two match which the home side won by three-goals-to-nil. The two sides went on to trade victories for the next two years, with each side earning three wins from their first six encounters.

In more modern times, the most recent meeting was a League Two clash which took place at an empty Vale Park on Saturday, 23 January 2021 and saw the Saddlers secure all three points as an Elijah Adebayo brace was added to by a David Fitzpatrick own goal. Tom Conlon had initially levelled for the hosts.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Simon Mather, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Grant Taylor and Steven Plane have been named assistant referees. Conor Brown will act as Fourth Official.


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