Match Preview: v Doncaster Rovers (H) Match Preview: v Doncaster Rovers (H)
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Match Preview: v Doncaster Rovers (H)

Here we take a look ahead to the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Doncaster Rovers.
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 welcome Doncaster Rovers to Poundland Bescot Stadium.

PRE-MATCH NEWS & VIEWS

After making it four wins in as many games with a bounce-back victory over Accrington Stanley in midweek, the Saddlers are the form side heading into this weekend's games.

Triumphs over Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Harrogate Town and Stanley have seen Mat Sadler's side move from the lower reaches of the table to the Play-Off places, with their form arriving at the best time possible.

Goals from on-loan defenders David Okagbue and Emmanuel Adegboyega saw them rebound from Jack Nolan's early second-half penalty to take all three points under the lights in WS1.

With that win comes increased expectations, the faithful are now fully aware of what their team is capable of and will hope to see a continuation of their recent form against an in-form Doncaster side.

Without defeat in their last five games, Rovers sit 20th in the table ahead of kick-off and will not only be looking to pop the Saddlers' bubble but add to their advantage over the teams in the relegation zone.

WALSALL TEAM NEWS

Looking back at the Saddlers they remain heavy with injury as the likes of Donervon Daniels, Priestley Farquharson, Harry Williams, Jamie Jellis, Aramide Oteh, and Danny Johnson as they continue to make their way back from a variety of injuries.

FORM IN FIVE

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

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DONCASTER
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HEAD-TO-HEAD

Walsall and Doncaster Rovers have met on sixty-seven previous occasions, and it's the Saddlers who enjoy a comfortable Head-to-Head lead, having won on thirty-four occasions compared to Rovers' twenty-four.

There have also been nine draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Doncaster's Belle Vue ground on Saturday, 19th January 1924, and saw the teams meet in a Division Three (North) clash which Rovers won by three-goals-to-nil.

THE LAST TIME WE MET

The most recent meeting between the two took place at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Monday, 8th May 2023 and saw the Saddlers win by two-goals-to-one.

The first half failed to produce any goals, but the same couldn't be said for the second as Conor Wilkinson netted his third goal of an injury-hit campaign to put Walsall ahead.

The Saddlers' goalscoring didn't end there either, as Isaac Hutchinson went on to grab his then eighth of the season with a driven shot from inside the Rovers area.

Doncaster were able to halve the deficit later in the half as Bobby Faulkner popped the ball home following a poorly-dealt-with corner.

MATCH OFFICIALS

The EFL has confirmed that Sam Purkiss who is based in London, will be the man in the middle, whilst Stuart Kane and Jacob Graham have been named assistant referees. Lee Freeman will act as Fourth Official.

GAMES
OFFICIATED
26
YELLOW
CARDS
RED
CARDS
119
11
PENALTIES
AWARDED
9

CATCH THE MATCH

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