Match Preview: v Rochdale (A) Match Preview: v Rochdale (A)
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Match Preview: v Rochdale (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Rochdale.
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PRE-MATCH VIEWS
After losing twice in as many games, the Saddlers will arrive at this weekend's meeting with Rochdale in search of a welcome return to winning ways, with a win seeing them reach the fifty-point mark.

However, after failing to take anything from the recent meetings with Salford City and Leyton Orient, the Walsall faithful would be forgiven for fearing the worst as their side continues to endure a disappointing campaign.

With many of the players set to be out of contract in the summer, they have it all to do if they are to either earn new terms in WS1 or convince any potential new employers that they'd be worth a punt.

Opponents Rochdale sit 20th in the table ahead of kick-off and arrive at the match on the back of a goalless draw with promotion-chasing Swindon Town, a result which followed on the back of a welcome victory over Carlisle United as Dale ended a dismal seven-game winless run.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Walsall and Rochdale have met on sixty-six previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who are on the back foot having secured just twenty-three victories compared to Rochdale's twenty-six.

There have also been seventeen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began on Saturday, 24th December 1921, and saw the Dale ease to a more than comfortable seven-nil Division Three (North) win.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE
The EFL has confirmed that National League referee Adam Herczeg, who is based in County Durham, will be the man in the middle, as he takes charge of his first game in the EFL.

Herczeg has taken charge of games in both the National League and Premier League 2 so far this season and will be hoping for a straightforward game as he looks to start his EFL career in style.

We also now know that Paul Newhouse and Daniel Woodward will serve as assistant referees, whilst Sebastian Stockbridge will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
12
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
44
0
PENALTIES
AWARDED
1

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