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Preview: Walsall v Crawley

13 August 2019

Walsall will begin their Carabao Cup campaign tonight against fellow League Two side Crawley Town.

The Saddlers reached the second round of the competition last year, bowing out on penalties after a 3-3 draw against Macclesfield Town.

The Red Devils were knocked out in the first round of the competition last season, losing 2-1 to Darrell Clarke’s Bristol Rovers.

Walsall have made a solid start to the Sky Bet League Two season, taking four points from a possible six.

Crawley have won one and lost one so far. They were beaten 2-1 by Carlisle United on the opening day before they claimed a 2-0 home victory over newly promoted Salford City.

TEAM NEWS                         

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke hinted that he may make a couple of changes to his team for tonight's match. 

Kory Roberts remains an absentee for the Saddlers.

As for Crawley, Joe McNerney is ruled out with a back injury while Josh Dacres-Cogley is cup-tied, having played for Birmingham City in the competition last week.

HEAD TO HEAD

It is the first time the two sides have met in the League Cup.

Walsall have faced Crawley six times, all in League One.

The Saddlers have won one, lost two and drew three against the Red Devils.

Walsall were 5-0 winners when the two sides met back in April 2015 at the Banks’s Stadium. Jordy Hiwula scored twice while Kieron Morris, Andy Taylor and Jordan Cook also netted.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Darrell Clarke: “It’s a cup competition and we want to do well in the cups.

“They are a good source of revenue and every bit we get into this football club helps so we will take them seriously.

“We may freshen one or two things up because we have got a big load now.

 “I’ll say it now, I don’t think we’re going to win the cup but we’ll have a good go at getting as far as we can in it.”

Gabriele Cioffi: “We know the importance of the game.

"For the boys who weren’t involved in the last two weeks, it’s a chance for them to show they are part of the project.

“There’s a chance to be against a Premier League team which would be a chance to the show club and our young talent."               


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