Match Preview: v Scunthorpe United (A) Match Preview: v Scunthorpe United (A)
By: Bescot Banter •

Match Preview: v Scunthorpe United (A)

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

After losing each of their last six games, including Saturday's defeat to Northampton Town, the Saddlers return to action on Tuesday evening as they travel to Glanford Park, where they will take on bottom-of-the-table Scunthorpe United.
With points becoming more of a premium as the weeks go by, Tuesday's tangle is a must-win for both sides as they look to at least begin on the road to dragging themselves away from danger as we edge ever-closer to the end of the campaign.

For the Saddlers, the match has to be the first in a long line of improved performances as the team has made even the simple things appear impossible with the side yet to secure a win in 2022, in fact, a point on the opening day of the year is all the team has to show for their endeavours.

There is no doubt an increasing weight of pressure on the shoulders of Head Coach Matthew Taylor, as he appears to be struggling to focus players' minds and get them to enter anything other than a mediocre performance.

Opponents, Scunthorpe United, are also winless in 2022 with the Iron having lost all of their seven league games since we started a new calendar year.

United arrive at the match on the back of a painful defeat to fellow basement-dwellers Oldham Athletic, as Junior Luamba'a 83rd-minute goal proving to be enough to secure three much-needed points for the Latics.

Head to Head

The Saddlers and Iron have met on fifty-five previous occasions, and it's Scunthorpe who hold a tiny head-to-head advantage, having tasted victory on nineteen occasions compared to the Saddlers' eighteen.

There have been nineteen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 28th November 1936 and saw the Saddlers defeat Scunthorpe by three-goals-to-nil and book a spot in the Second Round of the FA Cup.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Tom Nield, who is based in West Yorkshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Graeme Fyvie and Simon Clayton have been named assistant referees. Christopher Ward will act as Fourth Official.


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