Match Preview: v AFC Wimbledon (A) Match Preview: v AFC Wimbledon (A)
By: Bescot Banter •

Match Preview: v AFC Wimbledon (A)

Here we take a look ahead to Tuesday evening's League Two meeting between the Saddlers and Dons.
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 make the trip to London.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

It's a meeting of two of League Two's struggling sides on Tuesday evening as Michael Flynn's Saddlers make the trip to Plough Lane where they will take on AFC Wimbledon.

In a match that was twice postponed - firstly due to the Saddlers' progress in the FA Cup before icy weather put paid to the rearranged clash - Walsall have a real opportunity to grow the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

Though no game is easy, especially for a team that is more than capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the home side have also been in a dismal run of form with Johnnie Jackson's side winning just one league game in 2023.

Whilst their form is not too dissimilar similar to ours, Wimbledon have lost six of their last seven and, were it not for the poor form of many teams in the lower reaches of the table, they could very easily find themselves closer to the drop zone.

With just nine games separating us and the end of the season, it remains crucial for the team to pick up as many points as possible, especially as there is still a slim hope of making a late break for the Play-Offs - even if that would require some teams to endure a collapse of biblical proportions.

OPPOSITION NEWS

AFC Wimbledon will arrive at the match n the back of a 2-1 defeat to Barrow, and a match that saw former Saddler Josh Gordon net his twelfth goal of the campaign.

The Dons have been in dire form since the beginning of the year with their latest run seeing them go eleven games without a win, form which, unsurprisingly sees them sit at the foot of the form guide ahead of kick-off.

FORM IN FIVE

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

AFC WIMBLEDON
WALSALL
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DLDWD

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Saddlers and Dons have met on just seven occasions, and it's the Saddlers who hold a narrow Head-to-Head advantage having won four times compared to Wimbledon's three.

The first meeting took place at Bescot Stadium on Saturday, 6th August 2016, and saw Walsall win by three-goals-to-one as Erhun ร–ztรผmer and Simeon Jackson, who netted a brace, got their names on the scoresheet.

Wimbledon's goal came via the penalty spot as Lyle Taylor slipped the ball past Neil Etheridge from the spot in the last minute of normal time.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting between Walsall and AFC Wimbledon was a League Two clash that took place at Poundland Bescot Stadium on Saturday 8th October 2022 and saw the Saddlers ease to victory by three-goals-to-two as Isaac Hutchinson, Danny Johnson and Tom Knowles netted for the home side with Ryley Towler scoring for the Dons.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Benjamin Speedie, who is based on Merseyside, will be the man in the middle, whilst Ryan Whitaker and Stephen Brown have been named assistant referees. Stuart Butler will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
29
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
115
4
PENALTIES
AWARDED
9

CATCH THE MATCH

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