Date: 15th March 2016 at 8:58am
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We attempt to play Fleetwood at the third time of asking with the previous two attempts postponed – weather doesnt look too bad so hopefully its a goer as we aim to close the gap to second.

Vital Quotes:

Will appear here later

Fleetwood Team News:

Fleetwood top scorer Bobby Grant starts a three-match suspension which rules him out of the visit of Walsall.

The 25-year-old was sent off just a minute after coming off the bench in Saturday’s defeat to Burton.

Midfielder Nick Haughton is back in contention after serving a one-match ban.

Defenders Nathan Pond (thigh) and Danny Andrew (knee) and midfielder Antoni Sarcevic (groin) all miss out.

Player to watch: Shola Ameobi

With leading scorer Bobby Grant suspended, attentions will turn to former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

The Nigerian international has failed to score for Fleetwood so far.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall have been boosted by the news that defender James O’Connor has penned a contract extension.

The centre-back, who has made 39 appearances for the Saddlers this season, signed a two-year extension which will take him up to the summer of 2018.

Walsall interim coach Jon Whitney oversaw a 4-1 win away against Chesterfield in his first game in charge, and will hope to field another strong line-up this time around.

Isaiah Osbourne (knee) continues to be a long-term absentee, while striker Jordan Cook missed the Chesterfield game with a hamstring problem.

Player to watch: Sam Mantom

Sam Mantom scored two on Saturday and seemed to revel like most in his more familiar role now SOD has left the club.

Match Facts & Stats

Walsall have faced Fleetwood five times in our history – The Saddlers winning four and drawing one.

Fleetwood have failed to score against the Saddlers in their last four games.

Fleetwood are undefeated at home in 2016.

Walsall have picked up thirty six points out of a possible fifty one on their travels this season.

Ref Watch:

The match officials have been announced for tomorrows trip to Fleetwood.

Match officials are as follows

Referee – Mr C Kavanagh
Linesmen – Nicholas Barnard and Steven Copland
Fourth Official – Michael Denton

Kavanagh has brandished a total of 87 yellow cards, along with one solitary red one in his 25 fixtures to date this season.

The last match he refereed was Rotherham United`s 1-0 triumph away to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday 5th March.

He will be assisted by Nicholas Barnard and Steven Copeland, while Michael Denton is the fourth official.

Kavanagh has officiated just one Walsall game in his career – this came at start of the season where Walsall lost 2-1 against Chesterfield.

Match Prediction:

This is another must win game and given the record between both sides and our new found form I will go for a 2-0 victory – goals from Mantom and Hiwula.

Next Fixtures:

19.03.16 – WALSALL v Colchester