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Match Preview: v Crawley Town (H)

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two match between the Saddlers and Crawley Town.
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Pre-Match News & Views

After exiting the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon, the Saddlers can now fully focus on improving their league form.
 
Recent defeats to Carlisle United and Cambridge United, the latter also resulting in the Reds departing a cup competition, the team simply has to find its feet and at least avoid a fourth loss on the bounce.

Despite recent form seeing the team climb into the top half of the table for the first time this season, it is only a matter of time before they go back below the waterline, unless they can start to pick up some points.

Despite continuing to create many goal-scoring opportunities, the team is struggling to be effective in the final third, with games often being settled by the odd goal and not three or four.

Head Coach Matthew Taylor has admitted to feeling like 'a broken record' over recent weeks, and will hope he can get the music playing when the Saddlers welcome Crawley Town to the Banks's on Tuesday.

The visitors sit 19th in the table and haven't played since they suffered a narrow defeat to Mansfield Town towards the end of November, giving them the potential to be fighting fit as they look to earn just their second win in eight league games.

Head to Head

Walsall and Crawley Town have met on just eleven previous occasions, and it's all-square in terms of head to head, with the teams winning four games each.

There have also been three draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday, 17th November 2012 as the two sides met in a League One clash which would see four goals scored but would ultimately end all-square.

Walsall opened the scoring via Febian Brandy (14') but were soon pegged back by Billy Clarke (22') with the first-half ending level at one-all. The Saddlers re-took the lead via Ashley Hemmings (74') only for Jonathan Forte (81') to put the tie back on level terms.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that James Bell, who is based in South Yorkshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Hristo Karaivanov and Paul Stonier have been named assistant referees. Anthony Moore will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
20
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
65
0
PENALTIES
8

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