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OPPOSITION GUIDE: WALSALL

19 October 2020

The Bantams look to record their second-straight victory tomorrow evening, with a 7.45pm visit of Walsall. 

The West Midlands outfit are sat 10th in Sky Bet League Two, and are so far undefeated in the 2020/21 league campaign - picking up two wins and four draws.

We have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow's visitors.

TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Saddlers have spent the summer making seven new signings, with five players going the other way.

INS: George Nurse (Bristol City), Hayden White (Mansfield Town), Jack Rose (Southampton), Jake Scrimshaw (Bournemouth, loan), Rory Holden (Bristol City), Emmanuel Osadebe (unassigned).

OUTS: Mitchell Candlin (Stafford Rangers), Gary Liddle (Hartlepool Town), James Hardy (Telford), Kory Roberts (Bromley), Shay Facey (released).

ONES TO WATCH

Caolan Lavery

Born in Canada, striker Caolan Lavery is a graduate of the Sheffield Wednesday academy - making 34 senior appearances over four years for the Owls.

The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international joined Walsall in 2019, contributing to 20 goals in his 43 outings for the Saddlers.

Danny Guthrie

Experienced midfielder Danny Guthrie has made over 100 Premier League appearances - for Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Reading respectively.

The 33-year-old joined Walsall in July 2019, following a one-year stint with Indonesian club Mitra Kukar.

Josh Gordon

After a successful spell with Stafford Rangers in the 2016/17 season - scoring 11 times in 18 appearances, Gordon earned a move to Premier League side Leicester City.

The striker failed to make a first-team appearance with the Foxes, and subsequently joined Walsall in 2018 - featuring 91 times for the club.

THE MANAGER

Darrell Clarke was appointed as manager of Walsall in 2019, after his four-year tenure with Bristol Rovers came to an end.

The 42-year-old has taken charge of the Saddlers on 54 occasions - picking up 20 wins, 13 draws and 21 defeats.

THE CAPTAIN

Defender James Clarke joined the Saddlers at the beginning of the 2019/20 season - alongside manager Darrell Clarke from Bristol Rovers.

Born in Berlin, the 30-year-old has made 40 appearances for Walsall, scoring on three occasions.

LAST TIME OUT

Walsall extended their unbeaten start to the Sky Bet League Two campaign with a goalless draw against Exeter City at Banks’s Stadium.

Walsall 0

Exeter City 0

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday 17 October 2020

Walsall: Roberts; Norman, Scarr, Clarke, Nurse; Kinsella (Bates), Sinclair (Guthrie); Holden, Osadebe (Lavery), McDonald, Adebayo. Subs (not used): Rose, Jules, Nolan, White.

The match will be available to stream - via iFollow - for £10, with video match passes available to purchase by CLICKING HERE.


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