Match Preview: v Barrow (A) Match Preview: v Barrow (A)

Match Preview: v Barrow (A)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' midweek meeting with Barrow.
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 take on Barrow.

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

The Saddlers will reach this Tuesday's visit to Barrow on the back of a disappointing goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers, and a result that saw them extend their latest winless run to five league games.

Draws with Newport County, Crawley Town, and FGR, coupled with defeats to Mansfield Town and Harrogate Town have seen the Reds slip to eighteenth in the table, with just six points separating them from a place in the bottom two.

A complete lack of consistent goals, and an inability to close games out has resulted in what could have been a great season turning into yet another season of struggle in WS1.

Along with a general lack of direction, Head Coach Mat Sadler appears to have lost the dressing room, with many of his men simply not playing to the level we know they're capable of.

A series of square pegs in round holes, and the group is beginning to look like a bunch of individuals rather than a team the faithful can get behind.

WALSALL TEAM NEWS

The injury list continues to blight an already difficult campaign as the likes of Harry Williams, Joe Riley, Ross Tierney, and Aramide Oteh continue to miss out.

Long-term absentee Jack Earing is expected to feature in the Saddlers XI that will take on Tividale in the Second Round of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday evening.

OPPOSITION NEWS

Hosts Barrow have been in fine form as of late, the former non-league outfit have won their last four league games and sit fifth in the table ahead of kick-off.

Their most recent outing saw them easily defeat Colchester United 4-1 at the weekend as they scored via a Will Greenidge own goal, coupled with two George Ray efforts which were edded to by a late Zach Mitchell OG.

FORM IN FIVE

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

BARROW (5th)
WALSALL (18th)
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HEAD-TO-HEAD

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

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 that took place at the Bescot on Saturday, 4th March, and saw the visitors win by a goal to nil.

The first and only goal of the game arrived midway through the first half as Billy Waters slotted home after the Walsall defence failed to react following Ben Whitfield's deflected effort.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Lewis Smith who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Darren Williams and Paul Newhouse have been named assistant referees. Simon Clayton will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
19
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
77
5
PENALTIES
AWARDED
3

CATCH THE MATCH

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