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Preview: Walsall v Port Vale

21 February 2020

Walsall will be looking to record back-to-back home wins when they take on Port Vale at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday.

The Saddlers fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Northampton Town in dramatic style after Rory Holden netted the winner in the 93rd minute.

John Askey’s side visit the Banks’s full of confidence after climbing into the play-off places with a 3-0 victory over Colchester United last week.

A bumper crowd is expected at the Banks’s Stadium, with over 2,000 visiting supporters set to travel from Staffordshire.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.

FORM GUIDE

After losing three consecutive league games, Walsall have since picked up seven points from their last nine available with victories over Northampton and Forest Green Rovers and a draw with Newport County.

The Saddlers have won two of their last four games at the Banks’s Stadium.

Port Vale come into the game in excellent form. They are unbeaten in five and have lost just two of their last 14 league games.

PREVIOUS MEETING

Port Vale 0-1 Walsall – Saturday 7th December

The Saddlers became the first team in League Two to win at Vale Park this season thanks Elijah Adebayo’s second half strike.

After a goalless first half, Walsall came out the blocks instantly in the second half as Wes McDonald teed up Adebayo to score what proved to be the winner.

It was a game of few clear-cut chances for both sides.

FROM THE DUGOUT

Darrell Clarke: “I’m quite pleased of where we’ve been in the last 17 league games but I also want a lot more, a lot more from my players and better consistent results over a long period and that’s the question mark hanging over this group of players with 12 games to go because it changes mindsets of managers and coaching staff because if the last 12 games were to go well, players up for contracts want to finish on a high and we want to start that again this Saturday against Port Vale.”

REFEREE

Anthony Backhouse will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

He took charge of Walsall’s 1-0 defeat to Bradford City in September and the 2-1 loss against League One Portsmouth in the Leasing.com Trophy.  

So far this season, he has brandished 83 cautions and three red cards.

TICKETS

Tickets are still available to purchase on our e-ticketing site for Saturday’s game to supporters with a booking history.

There will be a cash turnstile in the Homeserve Lower Tier for home supporters only.

Port Vale have now had their full allocation of tickets and the match is now all-ticket for Vale supporters and there will be no tickets available on the day to visiting supporters.

call the Ticket Office on 01922 651 416 or visit our e-ticketing site to purchase tickets.


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