The FA Cup: Walsall v Leicester City - Match Preview The FA Cup: Walsall v Leicester City - Match Preview

The FA Cup: Walsall v Leicester City - Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' Emirates FA Cup - Fourth Round clash with Leicester City.
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

After seeing their last two games postponed due to frozen pitches, the Saddlers return to action on Saturday afternoon as they welcome Premier League side Leicester City to town for an Emirates FA Cup - Fourth Round clash.

Looking to add to their FA Cup wins over Wycombe Wanderers, Carlisle United, and Stockport County, the Saddlers will have to be at their best if they are to overcome Brendan Rodgers' side, this, despite the Foxes winning just one of their last seven games in all competitions.

Walsall have been in solid form over the last few months as, along with making it to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, the Saddlers have lost just one of their last ten all-competition outings, earning them first place in the form guide.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been just nineteen competitive meetings between Walsall and Leicester City, and, along with four draws, it's the Foxes who hold an overall lead, having won on twelve occasions compared to the Saddlers' three.

Their first meeting took place at Walsall's short-term home of West Bromwich Road on Saturday, 8th December 1894, and saw Leicester Fosse emerge victorious over Walsall Town Swifts by three-goals-to-two.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent competitive meeting between Walsall and Leicester City took place in front of 5,634 fans at Bescot Stadium on Tuesday, 3rd February 2009, and saw the visitors ease to victory by four-goals-to-one.

Goals from former Saddler Matt Fryatt, and his teammates Andy King, Tom Cleverley, and Steve Howard gave Leicester a comfortable lead, with Dwayne Mattis grabbing a consolation midway through the second-half.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The FA has confirmed that Gavin Ward, who is based in Surrey, will be the man in the middle as Walsall look to cause a shock and reach the Fifth Round of the world's oldest domestic cup competition.

We also know that Bhupinder Singh Gill and Jonathan Hunt have been named assistant referees whilst Geoff Eltringham will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
24
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
83
2
PENALTIES
AWARDED
5

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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The match will also be broadcast live in the UK via the BBC iPlayer and Red Button service, with coverage starting at 12.20pm on Saturday.

Local broadcaster BBC Radio WM are also covering the game via their 95.6FM frequency, DAB channels, Freeview channel 722, and via the BBC Sounds app
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