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PREVIEW | Walsall (A)

28 September 2018

Accrington Stanley travel to the Banks's Stadium to face Walsall in League One action tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3pm, as the Reds look to continue their good away form.

John Coleman's side are unbeaten on the road in the league this season, winning two and drawing two of their four games away from home.

Six of Stanley's last seven league goals have been scored via set pieces, with three from corners, one from a throw-in and Billy Kee twice converting from the spot.

Since the start of last season, Kee has scored ten penalties in the EFL – three more than any other player.

Fifth-placed Walsall lost five of their first nine League One games under manager Dean Keates – since then, they've lost just one of their last nine, winning five and drawing three.

The Saddlers' have won both previous league encounters against Stanley, winning 2-1 in Lancashire and 3-2 at home during the 2006/07 season.

The only other meeting between the sides came in August 2009, with the Reds winning 2-1 in a League Cup First Round clash.

Ticket News

Stanley supporters are advised that matchday ticket prices will increase by £2 on the day.

Adults: £22.50

Over 60's: £17.50

Under 18's: £17.50

Family: £24.50 (One adult & one junior under 18)

Team News

Harvey Rodgers is set to miss four-to-five weeks after picking up a knee injury in the Lancashire Senior Cup victory over Morecambe.

John Coleman admitted at his press conference that team selection is causing him a good headache as he rotates the biggest squad he has had at the club.

“In these days, it is called squad rotation and the players take it in their stride,” said Coleman.

“You have to use the squad at your disposal to the best of your ability. The one I felt for was Ben Richards-Everton who has done absolutely nothing wrong but was out of the squad completely on Saturday [against AFC Wimbledon].

“No one likes to deliver bad news, when I got told I was dropped I felt like it was the end of the world when I was playing, but it's done for the correct reasons.”

Walsall boss Dean Keates has no injury concerns ahead of the game, and has praised the togetherness of his squad.

He told Walsall's official website: "So long as the changing room is healthy, strong and everyone is pulling in the same direction, you have got an opportunity to achieve something.

"It needed the players to come in and buy into what me and my staff are trying to do and they have done that.

"It's been a good week and we're looking forward to Accrington. It's going to be a difficult game."

Match Officials

Referee - Charles Breakspear

Assistant Referee 1 - Declan Ford

Assistant Referee 2 - Peter Gooch

Fourth Official - Tom Reeves


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