Match Preview: v Wrexham (A) Match Preview: v Wrexham (A)
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Match Preview: v Wrexham (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Wrexham.
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 STōK Cae Ras, where they're due to take on Wrexham.


Walsall will arrive at their midweek clash with Wrexham on the back of their first win of the new League Two season as goals from Danny Johnson and Aramide Oteh saw them secure a hard-fought victory over much-fancied Stockport County.

Going into the game on the back of an opening day defeat to Morecambe and a Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, Mat Sadler's team displayed a healthy amount of heart as they withstood countless County attacks before showing clinical finishing to take all three points.

With the games arriving at a great rate of knots, there is little time to celebrate with the Saddlers now facing up with fellow-American owned opposition in the shape of early-season favourites Wrexham, and a team they've not faced in many moons.


Brandon Comley (ankle) is out as is Tom Knowles, with the pair joining Rollin Menayese (knee) and Jack Earing (knee) in the treatment room, whilst Priestley Farquharson could feature in the matchday squad after overcoming an injury he collected during the recent Open Training Session. 


Opponents Wrexham have endured a slow start to their first season in the EFL in over a decade as they opened their campaign with a 5-3 defeat at home to Milton Keynes Dons before being held to a one-all draw by AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

Though a midweek Carabao Cup shoot-out victory over Wigan Athletic has seen them draw Chelsea in Round Two, the Red Dragons' true focus is on the league and, as such, will be more-than up for their game under the lights at STōK Cae Ras.


There have been sixty-six competitive meetings between Walsall and Wrexham, and it's the Red Dragons who hold a Head-to-Head lead having won twenty-eight times compared to the Saddlers' twenty-two.

The first meeting was a Division Three - North clash that took place at Fellows Park on Tuesday, 27th December 1921 and saw the spoils shared as the sides played out a two-all draw, a result which adds to the total of sixteen draws over the history of the fixture.

With records being somewhat difficult to find, we believe the Saddlers scored via Teddy Groves and Harry Beck, the latter of whom would also go on to play for Wrexham some years later.


The most recent meeting was a League Two clash that took place in front of 7,057 at Bescot Stadium on Saturday, 28th April 2007, and saw Ishmel Demontagnac score the only goal of the game to secure all three points for the Saddlers.


The EFL has confirmed that Simon Mather, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Jack Clench and Ravel Cheosiaua have been named assistant referees. Grant Taylor will act as Fourth Official.



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