Match Preview: v Accrington Stanley (H) Match Preview: v Accrington Stanley (H)
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Match Preview: v Accrington Stanley (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Accrington Stanley.
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 Walsall take on Accrington Stanley on Tuesday evening.


Walsall made it three wins in as many games on Saturday afternoon as goals from Liam Gordon and Mo Faal saw Harrogate Town become the latest victim of the recently resurgent Saddlers.

Not only did the result allow them to maintain their advantage over the drop zone, but it also saw the Reds escape the bottom half of the table for the first time since gameweek 25, with Sadler's side sitting ninth in the table ahead of kick-off.

Despite several injuries, including a pretty strong defensive trio in Oisin McEntee, Priestley Farquharson, and captain Donervon Daniels, the team has shown plenty of resilience and is rightfully being rewarded.

Along with the welcome defensive solidity has come a far more potent attack, with Isaac Hutchinson contributing at an incredibly high level, with the former Derby County man surely heading for a clean sweep in the Player of the Season awards.

Obviously, the Saddlers' winning run could very easily be brought to a halt on Tuesday evening, but we are confident the team is more than capable of bouncing back, and, with the Play-Offs just a few tantalising points away, could be set for a superb end to the campaign.

On the injury front, the team remains without the services of several would-be first-teamers as, along with the already mentioned defensive trio, Harry Williams, Jamie Jellis, Aramide Oteh, and Danny Johnson remain on the sidelines.


Visitors Accrington Stanley will reach the match on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Crawley Town and a result that saw them make it two games without a win, with Stanley winning just one of their last five league games.

Desite their recent form, they will have plenty of belief heading into Tuesday's game as they have won their last four meetings with the Saddlers, a run they'll be keen on extending under the lights in WS1.


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



Walsall and the current incarnation of Accrington Stanley which was formed in October 1968 have met on just six previous occasions and it's Stanley that hold a narrow head-to-head advantage.

Winning four and losing the other two, Accrington lost the first meeting between the two sides, with the match, which took place at Fraser Eagle Stadium on Saturday, 21st October 2006, as Hector Sam and Mark Wright scored either side of an Ian Craney effort to secure the win for the Saddlers.


The most recent meeting between the Saddlers and Stanley took place at the Wham Stadium on Saturday, 23rd December 2023 ans daw the home side earn all three points.

The game's first goal arrived with around ten minutes on the clock as Tommy Leigh tapped home from a Joe Pritchard cross, the home side taking advantage of some sloppy Saddlers defending to take the lead.

Walsall were handed an opportunity to level the scores deep into first-half stoppage time as Donervon Daniels was felled inside the area, with Freddie Draper only too happy to step up and score from the spot.

Accrington were soon back ahead as, with fifty-seven minutes on the clock, Joe Pritchard saw a cross evade all the flying feet before nestling in the back of the Walsall net


The EFL has confirmed that Farai Hallam who is based in London, will be the man in the middle, whilst Dean Treleaven and Ollie Williams have been named assistant referees. Tom Reeves will act as Fourth Official.



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