Swindon Town v Walsall: Match Preview Swindon Town v Walsall: Match Preview

Swindon Town v Walsall: Match Preview

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Swindon Town.
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PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Walsall make their way to the County Ground on Saturday afternoon as they take on Michael Flynn's in-form Swindon Town in a match that could see the Saddlers make it three wins in as many games.

After securing three points away to Salford City last weekend, Mat Sadler's side moved themselves into the upper reaches of the League Two table, a far cry from the position they were in just a couple of weeks ago.

Goals from on-loan Lincoln City man Freddie Draper and an ever-improving Oisin McEntee saw the Saddlers build upon their one-nil win over Colchester United, building some much-needed momentum following a somewhat slow start to the new season.

Of course, the last two results will mean nothing if the Saddlers fail to build upon them over the next few weekends. Fall back into their run of draws and defeats and it'll not be long before the relegation zone comes back into focus.

With many of the recent arrivals continuing to settle into life in WS1, we're confident that the best is yet to come, though the players could go a long way to proving their recent run wasn't just a blip by taking three points from their trip to Wiltshire.

WALSALL TEAM NEWS

Chris Hussey will no longer feature for Walsall after the 34-year-old announced his retirement in midweek, leaving the Saddlers a little threadbare at the back.

Liam Gordon could feature after missing last weekend's triumph over Salford City as he was away on international duty with Guyana.

Meanwhile, Rollin Menayese, Jack Earing, and Brandon Comley remain some way away from a return to the fold as they continue to work their way back to full fitness after suffering a variety of injuries and issues.

OPPOSITION NEWS

Opponents Swindon Town are yet to taste defeat in the league this season as they have won three and drawn three of their six games, unsurprisingly, putting them among the form sides in the fourth tier.

Led by former Saddlers boss Michael Flynn, the Robins have already bagged an impressive twenty goals so far this season and, though they're hardly watertight at the back, will be more than of a threat to the often-leaky Walsall backline.

Scoring nine goals in six league games, on-loan Bradford City man Jake Young will provide Owen Evans and his defence with plenty of headaches at the weekend, and controlling him may well determine where the points go.

Along with Flynn, the Saddlers will also come up against former Walsall man Liam Kinsella, who left WS1 in the summer after well over a decade at the club.

Kins, a product of the club's Academy system, joined at age 8 and went on to make over 250 first-team appearances.

FORM IN FIVE

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

SWINDON TOWN
WALSALL
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HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been a total of 105 competitive meetings between Walsall and Swindon Town. And it's the Robins who hold a small overall lead having won 39 times compared to the Saddlers' 36.

There have also been 30 draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the County Ground on Saturday, 15th October 1927 as the two sides met in a Division Three (South) clash which the Robins won by five-goals-to-nil.

The Saddlers would also go on to lose the next two meetings, conceding another seven goals in the process, as their opponents enjoyed a strong start to the rivalry.

In fact, Walsall wouldn't secure their first victory over Swindon until their fifth meeting, which took place at Fellows Park on Monday, 23rd September 1929, and saw the Saddlers triumph four-nil.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting took place at Poundland Bescot Stadium on Tuesday, 14th March 2023, and saw the spoils shared as the Saddlers and Robins played out a goalless draw, as Walsall's lack of home goals continued to bite.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Matt Corlett, who is based on Merseyside, will be the man in the middle, whilst Karl Buckley and Richard Woodward have been named assistant referees Christopher Husband will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
5
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
20
1
PENALTIES
AWARDED
4

CATCH THE MATCH

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