Date: 15th August 2019 at 10:06am
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Right time to forget that pointless defeat on Tuesday night and remain optimistic and united as we travel to Crewe Alexandra in the league.

The Saddlers fans will travel in great numbers again with over 1,400 fans making the trip.

A victory for the Saddlers will see us firmly in the promotion hunt (albeit after just three games)

TEAM NEWS

CREWE

Crewe have no injury concerns ahead of the game.

WALSALL

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke will have a selection headache following the brace from new striker Caolan Lavery on Tuesday night and the successive impressive displays from James Hardy from the bench.

Danny Guthrie is still doubtful. Kory Roberts is still regaining match fitness since his injury last season.

LIKELY LINE UPS?

Crewe– Jaaskelainen, Ng, Lancashire, Nolan, Pickering, Lowery, Wintle, Green, Powell, Porter, Kirk

Walsall – Roberts, Norman, Clarke, Scarr, Sadler, Pring, Kinsella, Sinclair, Liddle, Lavery, Adebayo

ONES TO WATCH

CHRIS PORTER (CREWE)

The experienced Porter shows no sign of letting up as at the age of thirty-five he has already scored three goals for Crewe this season.

The former Sheffield United, Derby and Colchester front man will be looking to continue his fine start to the season.

CAOLAN LAVERY (WALSALL)

With Josh and Elijah struggling to hit the back of the net recently it was refreshing to see new signing Lavery net a brace in the Carabao Cup this week.

The former Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday striker is looking to for a fourth successive promotion.

PAST MEETINGS

The Saddlers and Crewe have met on seventy-two occasions – Walsall 31, Draw 19, Crewe 22

Four out the last five matches have ended 1-1 between these sides.

Crewe have only lost once to the Saddlers in the past fourteen meetings.

Our last five away games v Crewe

13.02.16 – Crewe 1-1 Walsall

18.04.15 – Crewe 1-1 Walsall

14.09.13 – Crewe 0-3 Walsall

27.04.13 – Crewe 2-0 Walsall

23.08.08 – Crewe 2-1 Walsall

MATCH OFFICIALS

The match officials have been announced for the weekend

Officials v Crewe are as follows

REFEREE – ALAN YOUNG

Assistants – Hristo Karaivanov and Richard Woodward

Fourth Official: Wade Smith

Young has officiated four games involving the Saddlers. All four away from home.

Unfortunately the Saddlers have lost the last three games in which Young has officiated (1-2 v Sunderland, 0-2 v Portsmouth and 0-3 v Southend)

He did officiate our 2-1 victory against Oxford in September last year.

He has dished out eleven yellow cards in just two games this season.

VITAL PREDICTION – CREWE 1-1 WALSALL

I would be happy to make it five out of six 1-1 draws. Lets keep our unbeaten league run going.

UP NEXT

Tuesday 20th August (19:45)

Sky Bet League 2

WALSALL v Newport County