Walsall v Colchester United: Match Preview Walsall v Colchester United: Match Preview
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Walsall v Colchester United: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Colchester United.
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Pre-Match News & Views

After being held to a draw by Crawley Town in midweek, Matthew Taylor's Saddlers arrive at this weekend's match in search of a return to winning ways.
Winning just one of their last eight games since they defeated King's Lynn Town in the First Round of the FA Cup in November, the Reds have struggled to make the most of their goal-scoring opportunities.
Despite enjoying a welcome gap over the dropzone, Taylor's team have to be looking over their shoulders as, if their current run continues, they will surely begin to fall back down the table.

A recent injury to captain Joss Labadie, who was forced off during the second-half of the draw with Crawley, will do little to ease the pressure on the team as they look to earn three points and get back to winning ways.

Opponents Colchester have drawn their last two outings, including a midweek stalemate with Bradford City, which saw the U's continue a forty-year undefeated run at the Bantams' Valley Parade.

Managed by Hayden Mullins, Colchester have won just two of their last eight league outings and will be looking to add to the Saddlers' recent woes as they visit the Banks's this weekend.

Head to Head
There have been seventy competitive meetings between the Saddlers and U's, and it's all-square in terms of head to head, with twenty-five wins each.

There have also been twenty draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Layer Road on Saturday, 18th November 1950 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash.

The match, which took place in front of 9,584 fans, saw Harry Hibbs' Saddlers win by one-goal-to-nil as Phil Chapman netted the only goal of the game twelve minutes into the second-half.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Martin Coy, who is based in Durham, will be the man in the middle, whilst Christopher Husband and Nicholas Cooper have been named assistant referees. Declan O'Shea will act as Fourth Official.


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