Date: 26th February 2016 at 9:52am
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HERE WE GO! I have said this three times already this season but this is the BIGGEST game of the season – we win and we close the gap to first down to three….are you ready? WE ARE. 1800 Saddlers fans making the trip!

Vital Quotes:

Adam Chambers ‘Given the situation we have been in all season, automatic promotion must be the aim,” said the 35-year-old.

“We shouldn`t be thinking about the play-offs at this point.

“We need to get some wins under our belt and get back into the top two because that`s where we want to be at the end of the season.”

Burton Team News:

Burton will check on midfielder Calum Butcher and forward Mason Bennett ahead of the home clash with fellow title challengers Walsall.

Both players are nursing niggles following the defeat at Southend on Monday night. Butcher had to come off with a calf injury while Bennett pulled up with a tight hamstring.

Elsewhere on the injury front, forward Timmy Thiele continues to struggle with a groin problem sustained during a reserve-team game against Port Vale a fortnight ago.

Player to watch: Stuart Beavon

Beavon caused us some problems earlier this season and has stepped up to the mark since top scorer – El Khyati left the club – Beavon has seven goals this season.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall could hand a debut to new loan signing Josh Wakefield after he joined from Bournemouth until the end of the season.

The midfielder has been training with the Saddlers for a number of weeks and may make the move permanent in the summer.

James O’Connor could return following a dead leg that forced him to miss the 2-1 defeat to promotion rivals Wigan last week – a result which saw Walsall lose ground on the top two.

Midfielder Isaiah Osbourne is training in the gym following a long-term knee injury which has kept him out for the season.

Player to watch: Tom Bradshaw

Come on Super Tom, this is your time to shine! First he will need the service but if Bradshaw gets a sniff at goal its in the back of net. Time to score a few more goals.

Match Facts & Stats

Burton and Walsall have only faced each other once in the league – The Saddlers won 2-0 earlier this season thanks to goals from Liam Kinsella and Tom Bradshaw.

Walsall have failed to win in their last three games but do boast the best away record with one defeat in fifteen.

Burton have the second best home record this season.

Ref Watch:

James Adcock is the man in the middle.

Adcock has given forty two yellow cards this season, no red cards and only awarded one penalty.

Adcock has officiated four Walsall games – Saddlers have won two, drew one and lost one. The latest coming at Gillingham in 2014 where we drew 0-0.

Match Prediction:

Heart says 2-0 Walsall win, head says a Walsall defeat. This is when the boys need to step up and show their capabilities.

Next Fixtures:

WALSALL v Scunthorpe