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

Match Preview: v Carlisle United (H)

Here is our look ahead to the Saddlers' FA Cup clash with Carlisle United.
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Walsall return to cup action on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Carlisle United to Poundland Bescot Stadium as the two sides battle it out for a place in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Looking to build upon their recent League Two triumph over Crawley Town, the come-from-behind win making it five wins in as many games at Fortress Bescot, the Saddlers have plenty of positives to build upon as they look to continue their recent spell of form.

Scoring nine goals over their last six all-competition games, Michael Flynn's side have been in fine form in front of goal, with the team continuing to grow into the campaign, which sees them sit four points off the Play-Off's ahead of next week's return to league action.

Opponents Carlisle United also arrive at the match on the back of a victory as they destroyed Salford City by four-goals-to-one last weekend, the result seeing the Cumbrians extend their unbeaten run to four league games.


Walsall and Carlisle United have met on sixty-four previous occasions and it's the Saddlers who hold an overall win/ loss advantage, having secured victory on twenty-four occasions compared to the Cumbrians' twenty.

There have also been twenty draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Brunton Park on Saturday, 7th November 1931 as the two sides met in a Division Three (North) clash which Carlisle won by four-goals-to-nil.


The most recent meeting took place just a few weeks ago, as the Saddlers and Cumbrians met in a Sky Bet League Two match which took place at Brunton Park on Saturday, 12th November.

The match was a goalless affair as the spoils were shared.


The EFL has confirmed that Scott Oldham, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Ollie Williams and Paul Stonier have been named assistant referees. Neil Pratt will act as Fourth Official.



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