Match Preview: v Wycombe Wanderers (A) Match Preview: v Wycombe Wanderers (A)
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Match Preview: v Wycombe Wanderers (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' Emirates FA Cup - First Round clash with Wycombe Wanderers.
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Walsall arrive at this weekend's Emirates FA Cup - First Round clash on the back of a welcome 1-0 win over Rochdale, and a result which saw the Reds make it four wins on the bounce at the Bescot, form which has seen them edge some eleven points clear of the relegation zone.

Though the Reds hardly blew their opponents out of the water, the result did see them secure not only the points but a welcome clean-sheet, just deserts for the defence as they and Owen Evans were able to thwart all of their visitors' advances.

Speaking of goalkeepers and the Saddlers will once again line up without a substitute stopper as second-choice Adam Przybek was released in midweek, the stopper failing to truly challenge Evans for the starting role, though recent injury didn't exactly help his cause.

Looking at more team news, and we may well be in line for a cameo from one of the sadly lengthy list of walking wounded as they look to continue their road to recovery with a potential late showing this weekend.

Opponents Wycombe Wanderers haven't won in any of their last three games and will no doubt be looking to take out some of their recent frustration on the Saddlers as they welcome them to Adams Park.

Their most recent outing took place at Adams Park on Tuesday evening and saw them held to a two-all draw by Darrell Clarke's Port Vale, who twice came from behind to take a share of the spoils.


The Saddlers and Chairboys have met on twenty-two previous occasions, and it's Walsall who hold an overall Head-to-Head lead as they have tasted victory on eleven occasions, compared to Wycombe's seven.

There have also been four draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began in front of 6,473 fans at Bescot Stadium on Saturday, 1st January 1994 as the sides met in a Division Three clash which ended 4-2 to the Saddlers as goals from Rod McDonald, Chris Marsh, Kyle Lightbourne, and Jason Lillis were enough to cancel out Tony Hemmings' brace.


The most recent meeting was a League One clash which took place at Wycombe's Adams Park on Monday, 22nd April 2019, and saw Jason McCarthy's 54th-minute goal prove to be enough to separate the sides.


The EFL has confirmed that Benjamin Speedie, who is based on Merseyside, will be the man in the middle, whilst Adrian Tranter and Paul Kelly have been named assistant referees.

Meanwhile, Stephen Parkinson will act as Fourth Official.



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