We welcome League 1 leaders Scunthorpe United to the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow evening looking to stretch our unbeaten run to four.
Pre match quotes will appear here later…
Walsall Team News:
The Saddlers will still be without Joe Edwards who is serving the second game of his three match ban.
Scott Laird is unavailable to play against his parent club.
Reece Flanagan is still a long term absentee but Jon Whitney should have a near full squad to choose from.
Player to watch: Simeon Jackson
Jackson took his season tally to four at the weekend – his best tally in the past seven years and we are only nine games in!
Scunthorpe Team News:
Scunthorpe will be without Conor Townsend and Tom Hopper, they are still not fit to return and Jamie Ness is back in training but not match ready.
Player to watch: Sam Mantom
Sam Mantom returns to WS1 tomorrow evening following a very distasteful departure during the summer.
Mantom didnt contact the club, went away on holiday and then came back and signed for Scunthorpe…this is despite Walsall sticking by him during his injury nightmare that ruled him out for over five months and his first game back was literally at Wembley Stadium – yep no bitterness here!
Match Facts & Stats
The Saddlers have only beaten Scunthorpe twice in past ten meetings.
Scunthorpe have won two out the last three at Banks’s 4-1.
Walsall are undefeated in their past three games.
Scunthorpe are undefeated in their past five games.
Walsall face League 1 leaders Scunthorpe United tomorrow evening and the match officials have been announced as following…
REFEREE – MICHAEL SALISBURY
Linesmen – Richard Hulme and David Plowright
Fourth Official Kevin Howick
Mr M Salisbury (Lancashire) has only officiated three games in the past three years (dont know why) and is yet to officiate a Walsall game in his career.
The last game he officiated was between AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury, where he handed out four yellow cards and one red.
Given our recent record against Scunthorpe and given how both sides have started the season – you would be silly not to back the visitors but we beat Bolton when they were top of League 1 and we do seem to step it up in the big games so im going for a Walsall win. 2-1.
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