Date: 28th March 2019 at 3:28pm
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Anyone over last Saturday yet? Nah nor us. Heartbreaking and probably a costly dropped point however we pick ourselves up and go again as we travel to play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers.

TEAM NEWS

DONCASTER

Two familiar faces in the Doncaster defence as we face Andy Butler and Paul Downing (oh how I wish we had both of them back here)

Doncaster beat Bristol Rovers 4-1 in the week and look set to field an unchanged side.

WALSALL

Walsall boss Dean Keates has a near full fit squad to choose from. We should be able to welcome back Matt Jarvis following his injury, Keates must decide whether to stick with Josh Gordon  or recall Andy Cook back into the team.

Only long term absentee is Korey Roberts and Adam Chambers – but have both been absent all season.

LIKELY LINE UPS?

Doncaster – Marosi, Blair, Downing, Butler, Andrew, Coppinger, Crawford, Rowe, Wilks, Marquis, Sadlier

Walsall – Roberts, Devlin, Scarr, Guthrie, Leahy, Ismail, Kinsella, Edwards, Dobson, Blackett-Taylor, Gordon

ONES TO WATCH

JOHN MARQUIS (DONCASTER)

At the minute you could choose a few Doncaster players as the dangermen, with veteran Coppinger grabbing two goals and an assist on Tuesday however for scoring over twenty goals this season Marquis is the man to fear against a free scoring Saddlers backline. Guthrie and Scarr will have problems all afternoon.

JOSH GORDON (WALSALL)

Gordon has scored three goals in his last six games for the Saddlers and is starting to prove his worth since moving from Leicester during the summer.

STATS

  • Walsall have won their last five games at Doncaster – our only five visits to the Keepmoat.
  • Walsall have lost four of our last five away games
  • Doncaster are unbeaten in their last five home games and have conceded just two goals, scoring eight.
  • Doncaster have lost just two home games this season, Walsall have lost nine away games.
  • Form (last five) – Walsall – LLLWD Doncaster – WLDDL

PAST MEETINGS

The Saddlers and Doncaster have met on sixty-three occasions – Walsall 32, Draw 9, Barnsley 22

The Saddlers have won our last five games at the Keepmoat.

Our last five away games v Doncaster

21.10.17 – Doncaster 0-3 Walsall

02.02.16 – Doncaster 1-2 Walsall

07.02.15 – Doncaster 0-2 Walsall

09.02.13 – Doncaster 1-2 Walsall

02.10.07 – Doncaster 2-3 Walsall

MATCH OFFICIALS

REFEREE: GRAHAM SALISBURY

Assistants: Barry Gordon and Declan Ford

Fourth Official: Ian Smedley

Salisbury has officiated thirty games so far this season, dishing out one hundred and seven yellow cards, three red cards (one being Zeli Ismail) and awarding six penalties.

Graham Salisbury officiates his third game involving the Saddlers this season. His most recent game was our 0-0 home draw with Shrewsbury in October. He sent off Zeli Ismail in our 2-1 victory at Rochdale at the end of August.

This will be his twelth game that he has officiated involving the Saddlers. With the Saddlers winning six, drawing three and losing three.

MATCH PREDICTION

We need a result. A defeat will see us lose ground on those above the safety line and with just six games to go after Saturday we need to be as close to the pack as possible.

Doncaster is a happy stomping ground so I am going to predict our first win in our preview for some time! We can do this

VITAL PREDICTION – DONCASTER 1-2 WALSALL

UP NEXT

Saturday 6th April

Sky Bet League 1

WALSALL v Oxford United