Tuesday 6 November 2018

Why the Walsall game is important

Midweek away games in less than salubrious settings are often crucial in determining the outcome of a season which is why today's match alongside the M6 at Walsall is important.

The Saddlers are currently two places behind Charlton in the table. Their record at home is mixed (and less good than that of Charlton): won three; drawn two; lost three, scored nine goals and let in twelve.

In the form table they are fifth from bottom, just behind Charlton who are seventh from bottom.

Walsall went down 1-3 at home to Burton Albion, their third defeat in four matches, so they will be looking for a comeback. Boss Dean Keates, who played 260 games for the Saddlers, said on Saturday, 'The good thing is we have got a game on Saturday. We can hopefully get a reaction.'

The shell shocked supremo added, 'We killed ourselves. We have had an input in every single goal we conceded. I am disappointed, I am frustrated.'

Last season they finished 19th and Four Four Two forecast a relegation slot this season. The fan interviewed forecast 12th.

Odds (Coral): Home, 2/1; Draw, 23/10; Charlton 11/8.

Tom Nield from West Yorkshire will referee Charlton for the first time. He has refereed just six matches in League One and has attracted controversy for poor decision-making.

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