After a week off due to internationals we are finally back in action and hopefully kick start our season having not won since the opening day of the season.
A defeat for the Saddlers will probably see us drop into the relegation zone.
Whitney ‘I think all of the pressure is on Northampton because they have brought some good players in over the summer and they have spent a bit of money as well’
Northampton Team News:
Northampton have a fully-fit squad available for the visit of Walsall in Sky Bet League One.
Defender Gabriel Zakuani is back in contention after missing last week’s victory over MK Dons while on international duty with DR Congo.
Midfielder John-Joe O’Toole could also be back in action after two games out with a knock.
Player to watch: Alex Revell
Revell has scored three goals since arriving from Rotherham in the summer. Revell is a natural goalscorer at this level and our shakey defence will need to be at their best.
Walsall Team News:
Walsall will be without James O’Connor (hamstring) and Reece Flanagan (ACL).
Scott Laird will make his debut following his arrival from Scunthorpe last week.
Player to watch: Franck Moussa
Moussa has shown quality in the previous few games he has played and following a week off – I hope he is back fitter and stronger than ever!
Match Facts & Stats
Northampton have not lost in their last thirty games if you exclude the pointless EFL Trophy defeat to Wycombe.
Walsall are yet to win since the opening day of the season if again you discount the pointless EFL Trophy.
The Saddlers have not lost against Northampton away since 1997. In our last five games at Northampton we have won four and drawn one.
The most recent game between both sides came in 2009 where the Saddlers won 2-0 thanks to goals by Stephen Hughes and Jabo Ibehre.
Walsall return back to League 1 action this weekend as we make the trip to Northampton hoping to get back to winning ways.
The match officials have been announced as follows…
REFEREE – GAVIN WARD
Linesman – Matthew Jones and Garry Maskell
Fourth Official Alix Pashley
Mr G Ward has dished out eighteen yellow cards so far this season and has awarded two penalties in eight games this term.
Ward has officiated seven games involving the Saddlers and its fair to say our results have been indifferent! – with us winning three and losing four.
His most recent game involving the Saddlers came on Boxing Day last year where the Saddlers won 1-0 at Millwall.
Anyone that has followed Walsall closely over the past few months then you cannot see anything past a Northampton victory – however Walsall do tend to end runs like Northampton and following a week off you could see it happening.
Northampton 1-2 Walsall – Moussa, Baka.
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