Match Preview: v Carlisle United (H) Match Preview: v Carlisle United (H)

Match Preview: v Carlisle United (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Carlisle United.
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Walsall arrive at the match on the back of a narrow one-nil defeat to Rochdale, a defeat which made it three losses in as many games and saw them slip further towards the relegation zone, as they now enjoy just a ten-point advantage over the teams looking to drag themselves out of danger.

With so many players approaching the end of their contracts, and the season is nearing its end, it's increasingly important for the Saddlers to both end the season on a high and give the manager a decision to make as to whether new deals will be offered.

Another issue facing the squad is the rather poorly timed raft of injuries which could see the likes of Liam Kinsella, Lee Tomlin, and Conor Wilkinson join the few already working towards a return to fitness.

Opponents Carlisle United also arrive at the match on the back of a one-nil defeat, the Cumbrians suffering a late loss at the hands of title-chasing Exeter City, their second defeat in three games.

Walsall and Carlisle United have met on sixty-two previous occasions and it's the Saddlers who hold an overall win/ loss advantage, having secured victory on twenty-three occasions compared to the Cumbrians' twenty.

There have also been nineteen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Brunton Park on Saturday, 7th November 1931 as the two sides met in a Division Three (North) clash which Carlisle won by four-goals-to-nil.

The EFL has confirmed that Martin Woods, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle as Walsall face Carlisle United on Good Friday.

Woods, who joins a raft of officials in seeking promotion to the EFL, has been officiating in the National League, Premier League 2, and Emirates FA Cup so far this season, with our statistics coming from the National League and FA Cup.

We also know that Anthony Moore and Mark Cunliffe have been named assistant referees. Tom Reeves will act as Fourth Official.


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