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

Match Preview: v Colchester United (H)

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two meeting between the Saddlers and Colchester United.
Don't forget to join us across our social media channels where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers return to action on Tuesday evening.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

After last weekend's meeting with Northampton Town was postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Walsall return to action on Tuesday evening as they welcome Colchester to WS1.

Arriving at the match in the back of a defeat to Bradford City, Michael Flynn's side are winless in seven games and are in desperate need of a return to winning ways as their promising start to the season is close to becoming a distant memory.

Opponents Colchester arrive at the match on the back of a one-all draw with Hartlepool United, a result which saw the U's fail to add to their solitary league win, though second-half substitute Beryly Lubala's late, late show will have energised the side before the recent break.

WALSALL TEAM NEWS

The Saddlers could offer debuts to recent arrivals Jonas Makuna and Jacob Maddox after the duo made the move to WS1 just over a week ago.

Mukuna had been on trial over the summer before forming part of the Saddlers' training squad, whilst Maddox most recently spent time on loan with newly manager-led Burton Albion.

The likes of Oisin McEntee, Liam Gordon, Joss Labadie, Joe Riley, and Conor Wilkinson continue to be sidelined by various injuries and, unless major progress has been made, will not play a part on Tuesday evening.

FORM IN FIVE

Here is how the Saddlers and Colchester United have fared in their last five games in Sky Bet League Two.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been seventy-two competitive meetings between Walsall and U's, and it's the Saddlers who hold a small head-to-head advantage, having won on twenty-six occasions, compared to Colchester's twenty-five.

There have also been twenty-one draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Layer Road on Saturday, 18th November 1950 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which took place in front of 9,584 and saw Harry Hibbs' Saddlers win by one-goal-to-nil as Phil Chapman netted the only goal of the game twelve minutes into the second-half.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting took place at the JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday, 30th April 2022 and saw the sides share the spoils as goals from Brendan Kiernan and George Miller were bookended by a Freddie Sears brace as the meeting ended all-square.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Carl Boyeson will be the man in the middle as Walsall play host to Colchester United at Poundland Bescot Stadium on Tuesday evening.

East Yorkshire-based Boyeson has taken charge of just two games so far this season, during which he has issued a total of four yellow cards, no red cards as well as no penalties as the 52-year-old official prefers to let the game flow.

We also know that Daniel Flynn and Blake Antrobus have been named assistant referees. Christopher Ward will act as Fourth Official.

CATCH THE MATCH

If you're not planning on going to the game you can catch the match via the club's in-house service - iFollow Walsall - which takes you through the highs and lows of every Saddlers game.

Along with the usual audio options, Tuesday's game will also be broadcast live in video form as iFollow allows fans to watch their team in action.

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