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

Match Preview: v Tranmere Rovers (A)

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 NEWS & VIEWS

Fresh off their Emirates FA Cup - Third Round triumph over Stockport County, Michael Flynn's Saddlers return to League Two action on Saturday afternoon and a meeting with fellow mid-tablers, Tranmere Rovers.

With Walsall losing just one of their last nine league games, confidence will be high heading into a match which, if results go their way, could see the Boys from the Bescot make major inroads towards securing a place in the Play-Offs.

This weekend's match sees the Saddlers creep over the halfway point in their league season, and, after winning ten, drawing six, and losing seven of their previous twenty-three outings, they'll be keen to maintain their good form when Micky Mellon's men come to town.

On to Tranmere, and their most recent outing was a league meeting with Sutton United and a match which ended with the teams taking a share of the spoils as goals from Josh Hawkes and Kane Hemmings were bookended by an Alistair Smith as the Amber and Chocolates frustrated their hosts.

FORM IN FIVE

Here is how the Saddlers and their opponents Tranmere Rovers have fared in their last five Sky Bet League Two games, with Walsall enjoying a rich vein of form.

TRANMERE ROVERS
WALSALL
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HEAD-TO-HEAD

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

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 most recent meeting between the Saddlers and Tranmere took place at Poundland Bescit Stadium on Saturday, 24th September 2022, and saw Walsall suffer late heartbreak as Elliott Nevitt netted a 95th-minute goal to snatch all three points for the visitors.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Declan Bourne, who is based in Nottinghamshire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Billy Smallwood and Alan Clayton have been named assistant referees. Danny Gratton will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
14
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
53
6
PENALTIES
AWARDED
5

CATCH THE MATCH

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