Date: 4th November 2016 at 11:42am
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The road to Wembley starts tomorrow as we face Vanarama National Conference side Macclesfield Town at the Banks’s Stadium.

Vital Quotes:

Whitney ”I won`t be rotating,’ the boss said.

‘I will be playing my strongest team. I’m approaching it like a league game because I want to keep this run going.

‘I want to continue the momentum.

‘It will be difficult because the pressure is off them, they have underdog status. That expectancy levels things out a little bit and that’s why you get upsets in the cup.’

Walsall Team News:

Saddlers will be without absentees Reece Flanagan, Maz Kouhyar and Flo Cuvelier but Whitney should be able to welcome back Amadou Bakayoko.

Player to watch: Erhun Oztumer

Every week I say he is the player to watch but quite frankly he is. Oztumer is a class above and will get a move higher up the pyramid (not too soon though I hope!)

Macclesfield Team News:

Team news to appear here shortly…

Player to watch: Chris Holroyd

The much travelled striker is feeling at home at Macclesfield and has already scored six goals this season.

Match Facts & Stats

The Saddlers have faced the Silkmen just seven times in our history with the Saddlers winning four, drawing two and losing just once – our only defeat against the Silkmen came in 2006 in the same competition.

The last time both sides met came in 2007 where the Saddlers won 2-0 on their march to the League 2 title.

The Saddlers are undefeated in six games winning four. The Silkmen have not won in their last three games….form goes out the window with cup games though!

Match Prediction:

The Saddlers should win given previous form but its the magic of the cup so expect a few nervous moments.

Walsall 2-1 Macclesfield

Next Fixtures:

12.11.16 – Walsall v MK Dons – international weekend (awaiting confirmation)