Match Preview: v Northampton Town (A) Match Preview: v Northampton Town (A)
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Match Preview: v Northampton Town (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Northampton Town.
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PRE-MATCH VIEWS
Going into the match on the back of Saturday's welcome win over Hartlepool United, a victory which saw Head Coach Michael Flynn win at the Banks's at the first time of asking, Walsall look to continue their recent run as they travel to Sixfields.

Winning three of their last four games, two of which were against the then-second and first-places sides, the Saddlers have maintained a steady advantage over the teams currently residing in the relegation zone, and will hoping to upset the odds once again as they take on the second-placed Cobblers.

Goals from George Miller, who reached double figures for the season with a welcome brace, and Conor Wilkinson saw Flynn's side rebound from their five-nil thrashing by Swindon Town, a result the gaffer was keen to see a reaction from.

Opponents Northampton have lost just one of their last six league games, with their only recent defeat coming at the weekend as Rochdale continued their recent spell of form.
HEAD-TO-HEAD
Walsall and Northampton Town have met on eighty-six previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who hold a narrow overall win/ loss advantage having secured victory on thirty-six occasions compared to the Cobblers' thirty-three.

There have also been seventeen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the County Ground on Saturday, 5th November 1927 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which Northampton would win by ten-goals-to-nil.

The Saddlers secured their first ever win over the Cobblers just over a year after their first meeting as the two sides clashed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, 25th December 1928, with Walsall winning by four-goals-to-three.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The EFL has confirmed that Paul Howard, who is based in London, will be the man in the middle, whilst Declan Ford and Darren Blunden have been named assistant referees. Andrew Aylott will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
24
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
78
5
PENALTIES
AWARDED
6
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