Date: 16th September 2016 at 9:23am
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We welcome Bolton Wanderers to the Banks’s Stadium hoping to get our first league win in six attempts and hoping to kick start our season.

Vital Quotes:

Whitney “The way Phil sets up his team means it`s going to be difficult,”

“They have started well. But if we play like we did against Bristol Rovers in the first half and correct a few things we will be a real test for them.

“We need to keep believing in our system and with that belief we will become more consistent for longer periods of the game

Walsall Team News:

Walsall are hopeful Isaiah Osbourne, Florent Cuvelier and James O’Connor will be fit to face Bolton on Saturday.

The trio missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers with the Saddlers looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Player to watch: Erhun Oztumer

Oz has been the bright spark during our poor performances recently. Some of his passing on Tuesday night was a joy to watch and his goal was also magnificent. It seems we are finally seeing the ‘Turkish Messi’ which Peterborough fans labelled him.

Bolton Team News:

Table-topping Bolton may have Zach Clough back in their ranks.

The Wanderers academy graduate has missed the club’s last three league games, all of which have been draws, with a hamstring strain but has returned to training and could be back in the fold.

That would be welcome news to boss Phil Parkinson, who lost top scorer Gary Madine to a groin injury recently, while Max Clayton (knee) is another forward who is sidelined.

Darren Pratley (fractured leg), Mark Davies and Dorian Dervite (both knee) are also out.

Player to watch: Zac Clough

Should he overcome his injury then Zac Clough is the main threat. He is regarded as one of the best upcoming prospects in England. At the age of 21 he has already scored twenty goals in thirty four appearances for Bolton. Which isnt bad going considering they all came in the Championship.

Match Facts & Stats

We have only faced Bolton twenty one times in our history – winning just seven and losing ten.

The Saddlers have lost the last four against Bolton – conceding fourteen goals in the process, albeit the last three in the League Cup when Bolton were in the Premier League.

The last time we faced Bolton at home in the League, we won 2-0.

Ref Watch:

REFEREE – TREVOR KETTLE
Linesmen – Gavin Muge and Duncan Street
Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua

Kettle (Berkshire) has not officiated a game this season. He awarded six penalties last season, dished out thirty one yellow cards and seven red.

Kettle has officiated eight matches involving the Saddlers, with the Saddlers just winning two of them.

The last match he officiated was our 3-0 home defeat to Millwall last season.

Match Prediction:

I have little faith in the current management. I have little faith in the majority of the new signings. I have little faith in our board to make the right decisions. I have little faith in the news that Zac Clough returns for Bolton tomorrow.

Walsall 0-3 Bolton

Next Fixtures:

24.09.16 – Peterborough v WALSALL