Match Preview: v Stockport County (A) Match Preview: v Stockport County (A)
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Match Preview: v Stockport County (A)

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's meeting between the Saddlers and Stockport County.
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.

PRE-MATCH NEWS & VIEWS
 
The Saddlers arrive at this weekend’s match in search of a much-needed return to winning ways.
 
After failing to win any of their last eight league games, Michael Flynn's side need to some inspiration both on and off the pitch as, along with dwindling results, the fans are beginning to fell that all-too-familiar sense of doom.
 
Despite already selling around 700 tickets for Saturday's visit to Edgeley Park, the feeling amongst the masses is beginning to turn as each winless game goes by.
 
Though performances are far from disastrous, the lack of cutting edge in the final third continues to take its toll with just four goals scored over the last nine all-competition games.
 
The early-season form of Danny Johnson gave us all hope for a promising campaign but, as his teammates have failed to join him in the scoring charts with the on-loan Mansfield man scoring seven of the Saddlers' eleven league goals.

Opponents Stockport County have also found the season tougher than many expected, as they arrive at the match with just two wins in ten and on the back of a 2-1 defeat to tile-chasing Northampton Town.
 
FORM IN FIVE

Here is how the Saddlers and their opponents have fared in their last five league games.

STOCKPORT COUNTY
WALSALL
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HEAD-TO-HEAD

Walsall and Stockport County have met on forty-seven previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who hold a Head-to-Head lead having tasted victory on twenty-two occasions, compared to County’s seventeen. There have also been eight stalemates.
 
The two sides first met on Saturday, 22nd September 1900 in a Division Two clash which took place at County's Green Lane ground and saw the hosts win by four-goals-to-one.

The 1900/01 campaign was Stockport's first in the Football League after gaining admission earlier in the year.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting took place at Edgeley Park on Saturday, 3rd April 2010 and saw the sides take a share of the spoils as future Saddler Jabo Ibehre's first-half penalty was cancelled out by Julian Gray some two minutes into the second forty-five.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL confirmed that Andrew Kitchen, who is based in Durham, will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to avoid a twelfth all-competition game without a win.
 
We also know that Gary Hilton and Mark Jones have been named assistant referees, whilst Anthony Backhouse will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
8
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
30
1
PENALTIES
AWARDED
2

CATCH THE MATCH

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