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Preview: Walsall v Cheltenham

18 October 2019

Walsall will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats when they take on Cheltenham Town at the Banks’s Stadium on tomorrow.

Recent defeats to Salford City and Leyton Orient have seen the Saddlers slip to 19th in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Cheltenham, who had their game with Newport County postponed due to international call-ups last week, have made a strong start to the season and are currently sixth, occupying a play-off place.

TEAM NEWS

The Saddlers will be without Dan Scarr who will serve a one-match ban for picking up five yellow cards.

Cameron Pring played 67 minutes in a reserve fixture against Mansfield Town earlier this week.

As for Cheltenham, on loan midfielder Max Sheaf has returned to his parent club Hull City after picking up an injury while former Saddlers striker Reuben Reid has returned to training but the game will come too soon for him.

FORM GUIDE

After a four match winning run, the Saddlers have gone on to lose their next two games. 

Cheltenham are unbeaten in six but have drawn their previous two matches.

They haven’t lost away in the league since August 31st.

HEAD TO HEAD

The Saddlers and the Robins have only met six times in all competitions.

Walsall are yet to taste defeat against Cheltenham, winning three and drawing three.

The teams last met back in March 2009, Robins defender Michael Townsend scored an own goal as the Saddlers came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw.

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio featured for the Gloucestershire side that afternoon.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Darrell Clarke: “We were disappointed on Saturday, we thought we chucked it away. 

"This league is about responding. Saturday is a big game for us because if you can turn that into a win that's 12 points in six games which is top three form. 

"You have to have your glass half full at times, get them organised, well drilled and get going again."

Michael Duff: "We're not quite sure what we're going to get but as always I tend to focus more on what we're going to do - how we can implement our style on the opposition no matter what type of formation they play.

"If they match us up we do one thing, if they go a different formation we've got certain ways to what we adapt and what we tweak to what the opposition do but it's mainly about how we implement our game."

TICKETS

You can still purchase tickets for Saturday’s game by visiting our e-ticketing site or by calling the ticket office 01922 651 414/416.


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