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Preview: Walsall v Grimsby Town

30 August 2019

Walsall return to the Banks's Stadium for their latest Sky Bet League Two encounter against Grimsby Town tomorrow.

The Saddlers are still looking for their first home win of the season when they take on the Mariners as they look to bounce back from the defeat to Plymouth Argyle last week. 

Michael Jolley's Grimsby finished 17th in League Two last season and have made a solid start to the 2019-20 season so will provide a stern test for Darrell Clarke's men. 

TEAM NEWS

Defender Kory Roberts remains an absentee for Walsall.

As for Grimsby, Harry Davis will be out with a dislocated shoulder, Ahkeem Rose is out but is close to returning to training.

Harry Clifton could be involved this weekend.

HEAD TO HEAD 

Walsall and Grimsby have met 63 times overall. 

The Saddlers have triumphed in 31 of those while the Mariners have won 22. 

The two teams last met in the EFL Trophy on this exact day three years ago as a hat-trick from Amadou Bakayoko and goals from Kieron Morris and Maz Kouhyar secured a 5-2 win for the Saddlers. 

Walsall haven't played Grimsby in a league match since January 2007 when Martin Butler scored a brace to secure a 2-0 win in League Two. 

FORM GUIDE

Grimsby have lost just one of their opening six games in all competitions, while the Saddlers haven't won since the opening day of the season. 

FROM THE DUGOUT

Darrell Clarke: "We have done a lot of work on the training ground, attack versus defence and 11 v 11s.

"We are working on different attacking patterns, working on build-up play from the back through the midfield.

"And also working on being direct at times, but when it’s the right time.

"If you look at some of the best teams in the world, they have been together and period of time and they build those relationships on the pitch.

"We need players to build those relations a little bit quicker than they have been." 

Michael Jolley: “It was a good three points against Port Vale, and we want to try and keep our form going.

“We’ve lost one game out of six so far so we’re pleased about that.

“But every game is different, and Walsall are a tough opponent and we’re away from home, so it will be a difficult game."

PLAYED FOR BOTH

Former Walsall forward Jordan Cook will face his former club if selected on Saturday. 

Cook has had two spells at Walsall. He joined on loan from Sunderland AFC back in 2011 until the end of that season and returned in 2014 where he scored nine goals over a two year spell before joining Luton Town. 

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office Call 01922 651 414/416 or online. 

Fans can also pay on the day. 


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