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Walsall vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 35

15 March 2022

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Latics travel to Walsall for a key midweek Sky Bet League Two fixture tonight (7:45pm KO).

Last time out for a bitter blow for John Sheridan’s men as they conceded another goal deep into stoppage time to ensure they left the County Ground empty handed.

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Form Guide

Oldham’s opposition come into this game on an impressive run of form.

Ticket News

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With just one defeat from their previous seven outings, Walsall present a tough task for Latics who are looking to get back to winning ways on the road.

A solid 1-0 triumph last time out against promotion chasing Sutton United came following back to back 1-1 draws.

This much improved run came on the back of seven straight league losses, a run that had Walsall looking over their shoulders at the bottom two.

It is safe to say that those thoughts are but just a distant memory for them now as they sit much more comfortably in 16th place.

The only time that they have conceded more than one goal in a game during this run came in a 5-0 loss to Swindon Town, a result that looks more like a blip with every passing week.

The Saddlers’ last six:

  1. Walsall 1-0 Sutton United
  2. Barrow 1-1 Walsall
  3. Northampton Town 1-1 Walsall
  4. Walsall 3-1 Hartlepool United
  5. Swindon Town 5-0 Walsall
  6. Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Walsall

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 63

Latics wins: 23
Walsall wins: 25
Draws: 15

Scored - 85
Conceded - 98

Latics have won none of the previous three clashes against the Saddlers.

In the first encounter between the two clubs this season, Walsall came out victorious with a 3-1 victory at Boundary Park.

Two goals before the break from Jack Earing and George Miller put the visitors in the ascendency.

Hallam Hope halved the deficit in the 67th minute but a goal late on from Emmanuel Osadebe made sure of maximum points for his side.

The last time that Oldham came out on top in a fixture with Walsall was October 2019.

Goals from Scott Wilson and Desire Segbe Azankpo following the dismissal of Walsall player Mat Saddler saw Latics secure a 2-0 win.

Watch Out For & Familiar Face

Connor Wilkinson has been one of the reasons for Walsall’s recent up turn in form.

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The forward has four goals in his previous seven fixtures and he will be looking to add to that tally when Oldham come to town.

He netted the winner from the spot during their last outing building on other recent goals in the Northampton draw and Hartlepool win.

Prior to this run, it hadn’t been the most fruitful of campaigns for the 27-year-old who has now seven league goals to his name.

It is a name that Oldham fans may remember from the time that Wilkinson spent on loan with the club.

Across two separate loan spells from parent club Bolton Wanderers, the forward played 18 times, netting on three occasions, including one against his now current side.

In the recent few seasons, Wilkinson has played for fellow League Two side Leyton Orient before making the move to Walsall in the summer transfer window just gone.

In The Dugout

Michael Flynn is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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The 41-year-old boss has had a tremendous effect since arriving at Walsall.

His first game in charge saw them end a 19 game unbeaten run of Forest Green Rovers with a 1-0 away win and since they have won twice more to lift them in the League Two table.

It is Flynn’s second job in senior management, the first coming with Newport County.

He enjoyed great success with the Welsh outfit. Most notably he performed a great escape to keep them in the Football League in his first season and then also went on to achieve some great giant killings in the FA Cup.

Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesborough are a few of the sides that County were able to beat under Flynn’s stewardship.

Stadium

Banks's Stadium (Bescot Stadium)

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Opened: 1990

Capacity: 11,300

Record Attendance: 11,049 (vs. Rotherham United, May 2004)

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Ollie Yates.

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Yates last officiated a Latics game in March 2021 for our goalles draw against Southend United at Boundary Park. On that day, he handed out one yellow card and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 23 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 75 yellow cards and four red cards.

Yates will be assisted by Lisa Rashid and Richard Woodward, with Christopher Husband as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Walsall are currently 19/20 favourites to win this fixture.

Oldham are 13/5 to refind their form and take a vital step in the right direction to survival.

12/5 is the price on offer for the game to end level.

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How To Follow The Game

Fixture News

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Live match action on the £10 'match pass' is available on iFollow Latics in the UK and overseas for supporters who can't attend in person, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talking you through the match action.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.


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