The Saddlers travel to Colchester this weekend hoping to remain unbeaten on their travels – a record which puts the Saddlers as the best away side in England so far this season.
Dean Smith ‘They are very similar to us in the way they have built the squad,”. “They are steadily building something. They have pace on both sides so we will have to be at our best.’
Colchester Team News:
Sam Walker, Alex Wynter, Richard Brindley and Kane Vincent-Young are out.
Gavin Massey and Owen Garvan are rated 50/50.
Player to watch: Darren Ambrose
The former Newcastle and Crystal Palace winger will be hoping to use his experience over young Walsall wing back Rico Henry.
Walsall Team News:
Walsall are without Neil Etheridge, Sam Mantom and Isaiah Osbourne for the trip to Colchester and are sweating on the fitness of James O’Connor.
Andy Taylor and Rico Henry have shaken off their injury worries.
Player to watch: Tom Bradshaw
Bradshaw has been in poor form recently with only one goal in his last four.
Tom will be hoping to add more goals to his tally.
Match Facts & Stats
The Saddlers are yet to lose on their travels this season, conceding just two goals.
Colchester on the other hand have conceded eleven goals in their last four games.
The match officials have been announced for this Saturday’s League 1 trip to Colchester.
Match Officials are as follows
REFEREE – Sebastian Stockbridge
Linesmen – Matt Foley and Matthew Donohue
Fourth Official – Darren Blunden
Stockbridge has officiated two games involving the Saddlers in recent years.
His most memorable was the sending off of Sam Mantom against Preston at Deepdale in which the Lilywhites won 2-1.
Given the form of both sides I cannot see Walsall losing this one and considering they have conceded only two goals in seven, another clean sheet is the best bet.
2-0 Walsall – Bradshaw and Evans.
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