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PREVIEW: WALSALL

A look ahead to tomorrow's Sky Bet League 2 game

27 September 2019

  • Form guide ahead of Saturday's game

  • Past meetings with Walsall

  • View from the Saddlers' camp

  • Latest team news

SCENE SETTER

Reds are hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the league to seven games against Walsall at The People's Pension Stadium on Saturday. The visitors come into the match on the back of successive 1-0 wins.

THE FORM GUIDE

Reds have only lost twice in league and cup since the opening day of the season and extended their unbeaten run to eight games on Tuesday we drew 1-1 with Stoke City and knocked the Championship strugglers out of the Carabao Cup on penalties.

After a slow start to the season following relegation, Darrell Clarke's Walsall are finding form and come into this encounter looking for a third successive League 2 win following victories over Morecambe and Scunthorpe, both by the only goal. 

OPPOSITION VIEW

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke: “They’re going to have their tails up but we’ve won two on the bounce so we’re going to go there believing we can win. They’ve had a decent start and I think they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season but if we win on Saturday we’ll just be one point behind them."

PAST MEETINGS

The sides met back in August when goals from Filipe Morais, Tom Dallison and Ashley Nadesan gave Reds a 3-2 win at the Bescot in the Carabao Cup first round. 

Reds have a good record against Walsall with only one loss in seven previous meetings. We have never lost at home in three meetings with the Saddlers. Jonathan Forte got an 81st-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw in November 2012 after Billy Clarke had scored in the first half. The November 2013 meeting finished goalless and in October 2014 Conor Henderson’s late free kick sealed a 1-0 victory. All those games were in League One. Away from home we have won 2-1, drawn 2-2 and lost 5-0 - that was in April 2015 and was the last league game between the clubs. 

TEAM NEWS

Joe McNerney and Ashley Nadesan are recovering from injury but tomorrow will be too soon for them to be included. George Francomb hopes to be back after missing the Stoke tussle with a toe problem. 

Walsall have been dogged with injuries for much of the season. Elijah Adebayo, Cameron Pring and Shay Facey all miss out on Saturday and Caolan Lavery, their striker, is a doubt after pulling his hamstring against Scunthorpe. Kory Roberts, who broke his leg during pre-season, is back in training. 

THE MATCH OFFICIALS

Sam Purkiss will be in charge.This is his first season as an EFL referee, and in six games so far he has shown 24 yellow cards. 

Paul Yates and Leigh Crowhurst will be his assistants and the fourth official is Oliver Jackson. 

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale for all areas of the stadium. Click here for prices and how to book. 

HOW THEY BET*

Crawley win: 13/10

Draw: 9/4

Walsall win: 2/1

*Odds correct with EFL partners Sky Bet at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

COVERAGE

There will be live commentary from BBC Sussex & Surrey Sport's Gary Smith and Tony Vessey from 2.55pm on iFollow.

You can subscribe and watch the game (overseas fans only) by clicking here.

There will also be coverage across our social media channels throughout the game. @crawleytown on Twitter, Crawley Town FC on Facebook and officialcrawleytownfc on Instagram followed by post-match report and reaction.

COME ON YOU REDS!


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