Date: 3rd September 2015 at 11:24am
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The Saddlers return to match action following our exit from the JPT, hoping to extend our lead at the top of League 1.

Vital Quotes:

Match quotes will appear here shortly.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall will still be without Neil Etheridge and Jason Demetriou who are on international duty for Philippines and Cyprus respectively.

New signing Isaiah Osbourne is likely to feature amongst the subs.

Smith will probably recall his rested trio of Downing, Henry and Sawyers for Saturday.

Player to watch: Sam Mantom

Mantom has been in fine form this season, scoring three times which earned him a nomination for League 1 player of the month for August.

Bury Team News:

Leon Clarke was continuing his recovery from a hamstring strain, but remains a doubt for Saturday`s trip to second-placed Walsall, while they are waiting for the results of a scan on midfielder Kelvin Etuhu`s injured foot.

Player to watch: Tom Pope

Pope always plays well against Walsall and quite often scores!

Downing and Jimmy O’Connor will have their work cut out on Saturday afternoon to keep Pope quiet.

Match Facts & Stats

On Saturday we host Bury – a side whom our recent history against them is not good.

The Saddlers have face Bury fifty one times in our history – winning 17, drawing 11, losing 23.

Our most recent game came in April 2013 where Efe Sodje scored a last minute equaliser to deny the Saddlers all three points after Febian Brandy put the Saddlers in front.

The Saddlers have won four and drawn one of their opening five games, whilst Bury have yet to win a league game – drawing four and losing one.

Only Blackpool have conceded more goals than Bury this season.

Ref Watch:

The match officials have today been announced for this Saturday’s home game against Bury.

With Sheffield United’s game postponed and Burton playing on Sunday – a win would see the Saddlers open a substantial lead at the top of League 1.

Match officials are as follows –
Referee – FREDERICK GRAHAM
Wayne Grunnill and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official Rob Lewis

Mr Graham officiated twenty five league games last term – majority were Championship matches. In those games he dished out fifty seven yellow cards, zero red cards but awarded two penalties.

Graham has officiated six Walsall games in his career, with the Saddlers winning three and drawing three. He last officiated Walsall v Oldham in January 2014 where the Saddlers won 1-0 thanks to a goal by Sam Mantom.

Match Prediction:

Bury concede goals for fun, we score goals for fun…anyone see a 0-0 coming here?

I think we will continue our run and finally end our poor record against Bury.

2-1 Saddlers – Sawyers and Mantom.

Next Fixtures:

12.09.15 – WALSALL v Doncaster