Date: 17th March 2015 at 9:52am
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We welcome Sheffield United to The Banks’s Stadium as we play our final league game before the small occasion on Sunday. Lets give the boys a good send off!

Vital Quotes:

Smith ”It was a much improved performance in the second half on Saturday and we were pleased with the point against MK Dons.
‘We should maybe have a taken a few of the chances we created, but we know we’ve got players who can score goals.
‘Tom Bradshaw’s been missing and is only a few games back in. He scored a good goal but we already knew what he can do. He’s a goalscorer.
‘It’s nice to have a full complement of players to choose from. Jordy Hiwula, Jordan Cook, Anthony Forde, who came on as sub, and Romaine Sawyers can all get goals.’

Clough ”Nobody is more frustrated than us with the recent run. We know we’re close and we’ve just got to keep plugging away. Times like this strengthen the resolve in the group.
‘There’s certainly more to come from this group but I don’t think we’re underperforming. We’re creating enough to win games.
‘Hopefully they’ll have one eye on Wembley, but I’m sure they won’t have.
‘They’re resilient and they’re hard to beat. They’ll want to make sure they’re clear of that bottom four.’

Walsall Team News:

Walsall have recalled Mal Benning from York following Andy Taylor’s slight knock at the weekend.

Tom Bradshaw has a tight hamstring and may be rested.

Michael Cain has shaken off his bug and is available.

Player to watch: Sam Mantom

Mantom made his first appearance this season in the 1-1 draw with MK Dons at the weekend and was man of the match.

Sheffield United Team News:

Sheffield United are hopeful that defenders Keiron Freeman and Jay McEveley can overcome knocks from Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.
Fellow defender Chris Basham serves the final game of his two-match suspension.

Player to watch: Jamie Murphy

The Scottish international has scored ten goals this season.

Match Facts & Stats

Walsall have not lost to Sheffield United in their last five league games.

Walsall conceded at least one goal in each of their last 9 home games.

Sheffield Utd scored at least one goal in each of their last 9 games. Sheffield Utd conceded at least one goal in each of their last 10 games.

Sheffield Utd scored at least one goal in 83% of their away games.

78% of Sheffield Utd’s goals have been scored in the second half.

Sheffield Utd have been undefeated in their last 5 away games.

Sheffield Utd scored at least one goal in each of their last 5 away games.

Ref Watch:

Mr R Lewis (Shrewsbury) is the man in the middle.

He has officiated just five games this season, issuing ten yellow cards, one red card and two penalties.

Match Prediction:

Walsall will be hoping for the same up tempo performance that they gave on Saturday. Sheffield United have not won in four and are slowly having their end of season dip – Walsall to win this one 2-1.

Next Fixtures:

22.03.15 – WALSALL v Bristol City – JPT Final, Wembley Stadium