Walsall (H) Match Preview

We’re right in the thick of it now, as games continue to come thick and fast. Walsall visit the Abbey tomorrow looking for revenge for the 2-0 defeat we inflicted on them at the Bescot in October, whereas United haven’t won at home in three matches and are looking to put that right before we throw away any more points.

Good news, Wessi should be back. We suffer without our talismanic Irishman and despite putting in a better performance against Scunthorpe on Tuesday we missed Wes’ vision and movement. Other than that we’re still missing Paul Digby and Luke Hannant who is suffering a sore neck and was a late withdrawal from the Scunthorpe game.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Drysdale, Taylor, Dunk, Tracey, O’Neil, May, Hoolahan, Ironside, Mullin

The defence will probably stay settled, Okedina hasn’t done much wrong but it looks clear that Bonner prefers Drysdale in there, and he had a good game on Tuesday. The midfield will probably be May and O’Neil in the middle, having Hoolahan and Tracey leaves it a bit unbalanced but gives pace and serious attacking intent, the other option would be to put Iredale in on the left of the middle. Up front Mullin and Ironside are the only real option as Knibbs is out injured.

Who’s Their Player To Watch? As you’d expect from a Midlands club, Walsall lean heavily on their near neighbours for young loan prospects, and attackers Tyreik Wright and Jayden Reid come from Villa and Birmingham respectively.

Who’s In The Dugout? Former U Brian Dutton (3 appearances in 2003/04) has been in the hot seat little under a month, having previously coached at the Bescot.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W0, D2, L3 For 3, Against 6

Any Ex-United Players? Emmanuel Osadebe, fairly crap midfielder who made twenty three appearances over two seasons scoring once.

Last Time Out: Walsall 0-2 U’s October 27 2020

Mullin & Ironside with a penalty each to secure our first win at Walsall in years.

From The Archive: Walsall 2-1 U’s, November 16 2019

That away shirt deserved better than this side. A late consolation from Harvey Knibbs, one of the few highlights of that season.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: Please not another home defeat. 1-0 United, Mullin.

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