Match Preview: v Salford City (H) Match Preview: v Salford City (H)
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Match Preview: v Salford City (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Salford 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 managerless Saddlers take on the Ammies at Poundland Bescot Stadium.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Walsall will arrive at this weekend's match without a Head Coach as Michael Flynn became the latest manager to join the growing list of gaffers who were unable to turn the team around.

Winless in their last eight league games, including a disappointing mid-week defeat to relegation-threatened Harrogate Town, the Saddlers, who will be led by Mat Sadler until the end of the season, have it all to do if they are to end the season with any semblance of pride.

Week after week of dismal performance has led us to this position, and, although it's always the manager who pays the ultimate price, the playing squad will also have to take their lumps when they play in front of the faithful on Saturday afternoon.

Hopefully, the team will be able to come together and put on a display to give their paying public a reason to come back not only in a few weeks but for the new campaign.

OPPOSITION NEWS

Salford City have won just two of their last five league games and will arrive in WS1 on the back of a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United and a result which saw them retain their place in the Play-Offs, though only goal difference separates them from 8th placed Mansfield Town. 

FORM IN FIVE

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

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Saddlers and Ammies have only met on seven previous occasions, and it's Salford who hold an overall head-to-head lead, having won five times compared to Walsall's two.

The first meeting took place at Banks's Stadium on Saturday, 5th October 2019, and saw the visitors ease to victory by three-goal-to-nil as Luke Armstrong, Jake Jervis, and Ibou Touray all hit the back of the net.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The two sides most recently faced off on Tuesday, 31st January 2023 as they met in a Sky Bet League Two clash at the Peninsula Stadium.

The match itself was settled within the opening five minutes as Matt Smith's early header proved to be enough to secure all three points for the home side.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Andrew Kitchen, who is based in Durham, will be the man in the middle, whilst Nik Barnard and Samuel Ogles have been named assistant referees. Paul Howard will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
30
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CARDS
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CARDS
74
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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