Match Preview: v Tranmere Rovers (H) Match Preview: v Tranmere Rovers (H)

Match Preview: v Tranmere Rovers (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Tranmere Rovers.
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 VIEWS

There is no denying that the Saddlers are enduring a truly dismal spell of form. Winless in their last ten all-competition games, Michael Flynn's men have failed to make enough of their fleeting final third opportunities as they continue to slip ever-closer to the drop zone.

However, with just nine league games played before this weekend's meeting with Tranmere, there is still plenty of time for the team to turn things around and, whilst that statement may sound like one of the seven stages of grief, the heaving injury list is beginning to show signs of improvement with the recent debut of defender Liam Gordon, who adds a much-needed option at the back.

With that extra option at the back being welcome, the real issue lies at the other end of the pitch as the goals have all-but dried up as the frontline continues to misfire in front of goal as, despite entering some fairly promising performances, points continue to be dropped as opponents inevitably take their chances.

Hopefully, this weekend will be the first in a string of better showings as, despite the early time in the season, there is no better time than the present for the team to return to winning ways.

Opponents Tranmere have also endured a difficult start to the league season, winning two of their last six, including last weekend's 1-0 triumph over Salford City.

FORM IN FIVE

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

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TRANMERE ROVERS
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HEAD-TO-HEAD

Walsall and Tranmere Rovers have met on seventy-seven previous occasions and it's the Saddlers who hold an overall win/loss advantage having won thirty-six times compared to Rovers' twenty-six.

There have also been fifteen draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Prenton Park on Saturday, 10th September 1921 as the two sides met in a Division Three (North) clash in which the Saddlers won by one-goal-to-nil.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The Saddlers and Rovers last met on Saturday, 12th February 2022 in a League Two match which Walsall won by a goals-to-nil as Conor Wilkinson's 85th-minute penalty roved to be enough to separate the sides.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL confirmed that Ben Toner, who is based in Lancashire will be the man in the middle, whilst Lee Freeman and Grant Taylor have been named assistant referees.

Lewis Raper will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
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CARDS
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CARDS
23
0
PENALTIES
AWARDED
1

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.

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