We welcome everyone from Bradford to the Banks’s Stadium for our first home game of the 2014/15 campaign.
Heres hoping we see more wins and goals than we did last season and get fortress Banks’s once more.
Smith ”Bradford will be a real tough game, they’ve started the season well with two good wins and have a high calibre squad.
‘We had two good games against them last season, and we know they carry a threat up front, but so do we at the moment, and I’m sure they’ll be talking about us in the same way. It’s a chance to get some momentum at home and give the supporters something to shout about’
Walsall Team News:
Walsall are still without injured trio Sam Mantom, Ben Purkiss and Jordan Cook.
Anthony Forde is in line to make his Saddlers debut following his move from Wolves.
Player to watch: Mal Benning
Benning has become our own Gareth Bale.
Following the decision to move him from left back to a winger, the youngster has followed in Bale’s footsteps.
Benning scored in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night and was close to finding the net in our opening game – 12/1 to score anytime is a bargain!
Bradford City Team News:
Midfielder Alan Sheehan is set to miss out due to injury.
Gary Liddle returns following the birth of his baby daughter.
Mason Bennett is in line for a start following his move from Derby County.
Player to watch: James Hanson
Hanson is your old style centre forward who seems to be much taller than everyone else. Dont get me wrong he is gifted on the deck also but most of his goals do come from his head.
Hanson has scored 55 goals in 188 games for Bradford, including 13 goals last term and 2 already this season.
Match Facts & Stats
Walsall won the last fixture between these two sides with Craig Westcarr scoring twice as we beat Bradford 2-0.
It has been eleven years since we last beat Bradford on home soil, where a Gary Birch solo effort took all three points.
Both Walsall and Bradford are undefeated in their opening two games.
Mr D Whitestone from Northampton is the referee for tomorrows game.
Whitestone has officiated four Walsall games in the past two years where we have won one, drew two and lost one.
Whitestone dished out 6 red cards last season, 3 of which came in August!
Like last week this will show how far we have improved since last season.
Bradford will be around the top 6 at the end of the season so a win would be nice.
The aerial threat of Bradford is a real concern given our small squad, but we coped with Pope on Saturday so im confident we can again.
Walsall to win 2-0
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