Match Preview: v Barrow AFC (H) Match Preview: v Barrow AFC (H)

Match Preview: v Barrow AFC (H)

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's League Two meeting with Barrow.
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PRE-MATCH VIEWS

After drawing their last six league games, Michael Flynn and his stagnant Saddlers will reach this weekend's match in dire need of a return to winning ways. Not least to quieten some of the more vocal naysayers in the stands.

Though our hopes of securing a place in the end-of-season Play-Off's are still very much alive - only ten points separate Walsall from the top seven - it's not difficult to see some of the faithful questioning why they put themselves through it on a weekly basis.

Often lacking firepower at the front and occasionally sloppy at the back, the Saddlers simply haven't got going since 2022 turned into 2023.

Winning just once since the calendars changed, it's testament to just how badly some of the teams battling it out at the bottom have been as we retain a seventeen-point advantage over 23rd-placed Crawley Town.

Of course, a continuation of this latest spell of indifference, and it'll not be too long before the relegation battle becomes much more than something we read about in the Sunday papers. Though you'd still probably back the team to make it into the race for promotion in before early May.

With that being said, we'd fell a little more confident about that if some of the draws are turned into wins, and, with a few games in hand in our pocket, are still very much behind Michael and the team. Bring on the Bluebirds!

OPPOSITION NEWS

Opponents Barrow have won two of their last three and arrive at the match on the back of a one-all draw with Salford City and a match which saw former Saddler Theo Vassell net a second-half own goal to secure the point for the Bluebirds.

FORM IN FIVE

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

WALSALL
BARROW
DDDDD
LLWWD

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Saddlers and Bluebirds have met on thirty-seven previous occasions and it's Walsall who hold a narrow overall lead having won fourteen times compared to Barrow's twelve.

There have also been a total of eleven draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 4th February 1922 as the two sides faced-off in a Division Three (North) clash which saw the Saddlers secure the win by three-goals-to-one.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting was a League Two clash which took place at the SO Legal Stadium on Tuesday, 16th August 2022 and saw the home side secure all three points as Tyrell Warren and Sam McClelland scored two early goals before Danny Johnson halved the deficit shortly after half-time.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Lee Swabey, who is based in Devon, will be the man in the middle, whilst Danny Gratton and Gary Hilton have been named assistant referees. Danny Jarvis will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
25
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
99
3
PENALTIES
AWARDED
13

CATCH THE MATCH

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