Match Preview: v Charlton Athletic (H) Match Preview: v Charlton Athletic (H)
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Match Preview: v Charlton Athletic (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' Carabao Cup - Second Round meeting with Charlton Athletic.
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The Saddlers have been in peculiar form over the last few weeks. After opening the campaign with league victories over Hartlepool United and Newport County along with a Carabao Cup triumph over Swindon Town, the Reds have gone three without a win and are struggling to create in the final third.

Saturday's goalless draw with Gillingham was the latest in a worrying run of games which has seen the team fail to truly test the opposition 'keeper, something they'll need to become better at if they are to take their place in the Third Round.

Opponents Charlton arrive at the match on the back of a one-all draw with Cambridge United, a result which saw them lose their 100% home record after having to settle for a point.

The Addicks booked their place in the Second Round with a penalty shoot-out victory over Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers.


There have been thirty-six competitive meetings between Walsall and Charlton Athletic and it's the Addicks who hold a comfortable Head-to-Head advantage as they have won on eighteen occasions compared to the Saddlers' ten.

There have also been eight draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Tuesday, 27th December 1927 and saw Walsall secure the win by one-goal-to-nil.


The most recent meeting between the Saddlers and Addicks was a League One clash which took place at the Valley on New Year's Day, Tuesday, 1st January 2019.

Being played in front of over 10,000 fans, the match saw the hosts do enough to secure the win in nine first-half minutes as goals from Karlan Grant and Lyle Taylor made Andy Cook's second-half strike a mere consolation.


The EFL has confirmed that Ollie Yates, who is based in Staffordshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Kevin Howick and Grant Taylor have been named assistant referees. Will Finnie will act as Fourth Official.



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