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Match Preview: v Mansfield Town (A)

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

After suffering a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Stevenage last weekend, the Saddlers are preparing to make the trip to Field Mill, where they will take on Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon.
 
With only Brendan Kiernan's fifth goal of the season to show for their meeting with Stevenage, Matt Taylor's side have it all to do if they are to get back to any semblance of positive form.
 
Despite sitting just below the half-way point in the table, the Saddlers facing the very real prospect of a drop closer to the dropzone and will be looking to earn the first in a hopefully long line of improved performances.
 
Opponents Mansfield have been in fine form over the last few months and arrive at the match having lost just one of their last nine league games, form which sees them sitting just outside the Play-Off places.

Head to Head

The Saddlers and Stags have met on sixty-two previous occasions, and it's Walsall who hold an overall head-to-head lead, having won twenty-nine times compared to Mansfield's nineteen.

There have also been fourteen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 11th December 1926 as the two sides faced-off in a FA Cup - Second Round clash which saw the Saddlers score two goals without reply.

Their second meeting, which took place on Saturday, 26th November 1932, was also in the FA Cup and saw the Saddlers earn a place in the Second Preliminary Round thanks to a 4-1 win at Fellows Park.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Ross Joyce, who is based in Cleveland, will be the man in the middle, whilst Marc Wilson and Darren Wilding have been named assistant referees. Bradley Hall will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
20
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
66
4
PENALTIES
5

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