We welcome seventh placed Barnsley to the Banks’s Stadium knowing anything other than a win will seriously dent our hopes for promotion.
Walsall Team News:
Walsall will welcome loan signing Jordy Hiwula into the starting XI, which will possibly see Milan Lalkovic drop to the bench.
Isaiah Osbourne is still some weeks away from a return.
Player to watch: Jordy Hiwula
There comes a time in any season where a reinforcement striker is always handy – roll back to Don Goodman in 2001 and Trevor Benjamin in 2007 – Jordy Hiwula will prove just as important.
Barnsley Team News:
Barnsley will include new teenage loan signing Callum Connolly in their squad after the defender joined on loan from Everton for a month.
Connolly, who can play right-back or left-back and is comfortable in midfield, could make his debut as Barnsley bid to climb into a play-off spot.
Interim head coach Paul Heckingbottom has injury concerns over leading goalscorer Sam Winnall (ankle), midfielder Lloyd Isgrove (knock) and defender James Bree (hamstring).
All three sustained injuries during the midweek win against Coventry and will be assessed. Middlesbrough loanee Harry Chapman is pushing for his first start as the Reds chase an 11th win in their last 13 league matches
Player to watch: Sam Winnall
Winnall has scored eighteen goals this season and is regarded as one of the best strikers outside the Premier League.
Match Facts & Stats
Walsall have failed to win in their last five league games.
The Saddlers have not conceeded a goal in their last two games.
The Saddlers have lost just once in five league games v Barnsley here at the Banks’s Stadium.
Barnsley are searching for their eleventh win in thirteen games!
Man in the middle is Gavin Ward.
Ward has dished out a mighty seven four yellow cards already this season but has only given one red and two penalties.
The Saddlers have won four and lost five when Ward has officiated – including him dismissing Adam Chambers at Shrewsbury a few years ago!
We will win this one!
Walsall 2-0 Barnsley – Hiwula both goals.
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