Date: 12th September 2016 at 4:08pm
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We travel to Bristol Rovers tomorrow for our rearranged game – hopefully we score our first away goal of the season and get a league win which we have been after since opening day of the season.

A defeat for the Saddlers will see us slip into the bottom 4.

Vital Quotes:

Quotes will appear here later….

Bristol Rovers Team News:

Jake Clarke-Salter, a loanee from Chelsea might not be involved for a couple of weeks because of a pre-season knee problem.

Player to watch: Matt Taylor

One Matt Taylor scored against us at the weekend and another might score again tomorrow evening.

Matt Taylor was one player I wanted us to sign in the summer to replace Tom Bradshaw and he has continued his fine form scoring four goals this term to add to the twenty seven he scored last season in League 2. Our dodgy defence will have their work cut out tomorrow.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall will be without Reece Flanagan and Flo Cuvelier for the trip. Whitney was expecting a full strength side at the weekend but has today said Flo will be rested for a week atleast as he overcomes his injury.

Fitness doubts remain over James O’Connor and Isaiah Osbourne who missed Saturdays defeat.

We can expect Whitney to reshuffle his pack again as he aims to find the correct balance

Player to watch: Amadou Bakayoko

Baka scored a hat trick against Grimsby on his debut and was lively in our defeat to Northampton at the weekend – he nearly scored a goal of the season contender which was thwarted by Adam Smith.

Baka looks a different player to last season and long may it continue.

Match Facts & Stats

The Saddlers have suffered just one defeat against Bristol Rovers in their last six meetings. This came in 2009 where the Saddlers were hammered 5-0 at home.

Our last meeting came in 2011 where the Saddlers won 6-1 thanks to a brace from Andy Butler and goals from Matt Gill, Matt Richards, Julian Gray and Alex Nicholls.

Ref Watch:

REFEREE – BRENDAN MALONE
Danny Gratton and Christopher Ward
Fourth Official Wayne Barratt

Malone has dished out fifteen yellow cards and one red in his five games so far this season.

Malone has officiated just three Walsall games in his career – the Saddlers winning all three!

Our most recent came in January last year where the Saddlers won 2-0 at Colchester.

Match Prediction:

Bristol Rovers are guaranteed to score and we are guaranteed not to given previous form.

Bristol Rovers 2-0 Walsall.

Next Fixtures:

17.09.16 – WALSALL v Bolton