Match Preview: v Bristol Rovers (A) Match Preview: v Bristol Rovers (A)
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Match Preview: v Bristol Rovers (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two clash with Bristol Rovers.
Don't forget to join us across our social media channels where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers return to action.

Pre-Match News & Views

Walsall arrive at the match on the back of a midweek defeat to Bradford City and a result which saw them lose their fourth game on the bounce,
However, the result doesn't tell the whole story, as the Reds entered a much-improved performance and, in truth, were unlucky to finish the game with nothing to show for it.
A goal from George Miller, his first in sixteen games, should have been enough to secure a point, but a cruel twist saw the Bantams awarded a late spot kick with former Sadler Andy Cook only happy to oblige from the spot.
With his team yet to taste victory in 2022, Head Coach Matthew Taylor is sure to have his team up for battle as they welcome Joey Barton's side to the Black Country this weekend.
Rovers are unbeaten in their last four games and arrive at this weekend's match on the back of a 3-2 victory over Scunthorpe United, two late Sam Burns goals making the scoreline much closer than the game itself.

Head to Head

There have been one-hundred and five competitive meetings between Walsall and Bristol Rovers and it's the Pirates who hold a small head-to-head lead having tasted victory on forty-three occasions, compared to the Saddlers' thirty-nine

There have been twenty-three draws over the history of the fixture. A history which began at the Eastville Stadium on Saturday, 27th August 1927 as Rovers and Walsall met in a high-scoring Division Three (South) clash, the home side winning 5-2.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Keith Stroud, who is based in Hampshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Jonathan Hunt and Andrew Fox have been named assistant referees. Declan Bourne will act as Fourth Official.


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