Date: 28th September 2018 at 6:21pm
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The games cannot come quickly enough for Saddlers fans this season and it’s fair to say we have the bug back!

A week since we defeated Oxford we face a resurgent Accrington Stanley side that have taken the league by surprise. Stanley head into the game like ourselves as undefeated on the road so far this season.

TEAM NEWS

Walsall

Walsall boss Dean Keates will have to decide whether to bring joint top goal scorer Andy Cook back into the side or keep with Ferrier and Gordon who impressed upfront last Saturday.

Long term absentees Joe Edwards and Korey Roberts are missing.

Accrington

Accrington will be without Harvey Rodgers who is out for  four weeks after picking up a knee injury in the Lancashire Senior Cup victory over Morecambe.

Coleman is unlikely to change a winning side from the one that beat Wimbledon last weekend.

LIKELY LINE UPS?

Walsall – Roberts, Devlin, Guthrie, Fitzwater, Leahy, Ismail, Dobson, Osbourne, Ginnelly, Ferrier, Gordon

Accrington – Ripley, Johnson, Hughes, Ihekiwe, Anderton, Clark, Finlay, Barlaser, McConville, Zanzala, Kee

DANGERMEN

MORGAN FERRIER

The man that cost the Saddlers a measly £35,000 continues to earn the plaudits from the fans as he grabbed his fourth goal of the season last weekend and firmly distanced himself from fallout rumours with Luke Leahy.

BILLY KEE

Kee has impressed in League 1 so far this season scoring four goals already.

The former Scunthorpe and Burton Albion striker is loving life at Accrington having scored sixty-one goals in one hundred and thirty four appearances.

PAST MEETINGS

The Saddlers have faced Accrington on just three occasions in our history. Walsall 2, Draw 0, Accrington 1.

The last time the two sides met came in 2009 where a last minute Paul Mullin goal saw Accrington win the League Cup encounter 2-1, Alex Nicholls scored for the Saddlers.

The only time both sides have met at the Banks’s came in 2007 when now manager Dean Keates scored in our 3-2 win. Kevin Harper and Martin Butler scored the others.

Our record v Accrington 

11.08.09 – Accrington 2-1 Walsall

31.03.07 – Walsall 3-2 Accrington

21.10.06 – Accrington 1-2 Walsall

MATCH OFFICIALS

REFREE – CHARLIE BREAKSPEAR

Linesmen – Declan Ford & Peter Gooch

Fourth Official – Tom Reeves

Breakspear has officiated six games this season, dishing out a staggering six red cards and thirty-one yellows.

Breakspear officiated our 2-1 away defeat at Northampton last season where Amadou Bakayoko was sent off in the last minute.

MATCH PREDICTION

I can never see past a Saddlers win at the minute and I think the lads will want to come out on home ground to put the demons to bed from the Doncaster game. I honestly expect us to win this one.

VITAL PREDICTION – WALSALL 2-0 ACCRINGTON

UP NEXT

Tuesday 2nd October

Sky Bet League 1

Walsall v Shrewsbury

 

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