Date: 25th September 2015 at 12:44pm
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The Saddlers return to league action this weekend as we welcome local-ish rivals Crewe – with the Saddlers knowing a win could take them back to the top of League 1.

Vital Quotes:

Downing “”Chelsea was a great tie for us and one we thoroughly enjoyed, but we`ll now focus on Crewe.

“They got a good win last weekend and will be full of confidence. They`re a good team and play the right way so it should be a good game.

“But we want to start well and carry on from where we left off against Doncaster in our last home (league) game.”

Davis ‘Playing Wednesday and then Saturday, they won`t be sure just how much it has taken out of their players, but hopefully quite a lot of them will be fatigued when they face us.

“That said, all we can focus on is who we`ve got available and how we`re going to play. We must not focus on how Walsall did on Wednesday night.”

Walsall Team News:

Walsall boss Dean Smith will more than likely welcome back leading scorer Tom Bradshaw who sat out of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea.

Isaiah Osbourne continues to gain first team fitness.

Player to watch: Romaine Sawyers

Sawyers was the best player on the pitch on Wednesday night (all Chelsea players included) and will be looking to add to his five goals already this term.

Crewe Team News:

Billy Bingham (hamstring) and James Jones (shoulder) will be their only absentees

Player to watch: Adam King

King who is currently on loan from Swansea, can play centre half or central midfield has been in fine goalscoring form recently. His goal against Shrewsbury at the weekend took his tally to four for the season.

Match Facts & Stats

The Saddlers play host to Crewe Alexandra this Saturday knowing a victory could put them back at the top of League 1.

The Saddlers record overall against Crewe is not bad, although the last few years we have struggled to beat the Railwaymen.

In our history we have faced Crewe seventy times, with Walsall winning thirty one, Crewe winning twenty two and drawing seventeen.The Saddlers have not beaten Crewe at home since 2001 thanks to goals from Aranalde and Biancalani.

Interestingly before last seasons 1-0 defeat we had drawn the last five against Crewe.

Ref Watch:

The match officials have been announced for this Saturday’s League 1 game against Crewe at the Banks’s Stadium.

The match officials are as follows –

Linesmen – Robert Atkin and James Bell
Fourth Official – Adam Nunn

Linnington (Isle Of Wight) has officiated six games so far this season. He has dished out nine yellow cards, zero red cards and hasn’t awarded a penalty as of yet.

Linnington has officiated five games involving the Saddlers. His most recent game was our 3-0 home defeat against MK Dons in 2014 where he dismissed Andy Butler and awarded MK Dons a penalty.

The Saddlers have won just one of those five games – it came in 2009 where goals from Steve Jones, Darren Byfield and Sam Parkin saw the Saddlers win 3-0 at Yeovil.

Match Prediction:

The Saddlers will be hoping to continue their flying start to League 1 however we have failed to beat Crewe since 2001 and our ‘bogey’ side could come up trumps again.

I will go 1-1, Bradshaw.

Next Fixtures:

29.09.15 – Scunthorpe v WALSALL