Date: 3rd October 2019 at 10:48am
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The Saddlers are unchartered waters this weekend as we go looking for our fifth straight victory in all competitions – nice feeling to have isnt it?

We face a struggling Salford side who have conceded four goals in their last two games, the Saddlers have kept six clean sheets in fourteen games this season.

TEAM NEWS

WALSALL

We are unsure on the fitness of Cameron Pring and Caolan Lavery but Rory Gaffney will miss playing against his parent club.

It seems Clarke will go with Adebayo and Gordon upfront – hoping they can finally click as a partnership.

Wes McDonald will be hoping to continue his fine form.

SALFORD

Salford will likely be without Richie Towell, Liam Hogan and Chris Neal who are still returning from injury.

LIKELY LINE UPS?

Walsall – Roberts, Liddle, Clarke, Scarr, Jules, McDonald, Guthrie, Sinclair, Holden, Adebayo, Gordon

Salford – Letheren, Pond, Pierganni, Burgess, Jones, Wiseman, Maynard, Shelton, Touray, Armstrong, Dieseruvwe

ONES TO WATCH

WES MCDONALD (WALSALL)

Wes has been in fine form in recent weeks with some impressive displays and grabbing a goal and assist at Crawley last weekend.

Wes seems to finally be our answer to our attacking options, long may it continue.

EMMANUEL DIESERUVWE (SALFORD)

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe has scored three goals in his opening eight games this season and the striker is Salford’s top scorer in the early stages of the season.

PAST MEETINGS

The Saddlers and Salford have never met in the league.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee – Trevor Kettle

Linesmen – Darren Wilding and Christopher Kidd

Fourth Official : Christopher Ward

Kettle is no stranger to Walsall fans following his inept displays especially during our 1-0 home win against Bolton in 2016 when he sent Joe Edwards after just sixteen minutes.

Kettle has officiated thirteen games involving the Saddlers with us winning six, drawing four and losing three.

His last game involving the Saddlers came against Portsmouth last season where he awarded the visitors a thirteenth minute penalty.

Surprisingly Kettle has sent off just three players in those eleven games with two reds given to the opposition. He has however given the opposition two penalties in those eleven games.

Last season Kettle officiated thirty-seven games issuing one hundred and twenty-four yellow cards, three red cards and nine penalties.

He awarded four penalties in the League Cup game between Gillingham and Newport.

VITAL PREDICTION – WALSALL 2-0 Salford City

Five on the bounce. Up the Football League we go.

UP NEXT

Saturday 12th October

Sky Bet League 2

Leyton Orient v WALSALL

 

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