As Welsh is enjoying a well earned holiday, I’ll be standing in for match previews for a few weeks. It won’t be as good as his, but I’ll do my best…
“John’s got brewer’s droop he gets intimidated by the dirty pigeons, they love a bit of him”
Visitors Burton reached the League Cup Quarter Finals this week thanks to Tuesday’s 3-2 home win over Nottingham Forest, so let’s hope we find them leggy rather than buoyant at Bescot on Saturday.
Relegated from the Championship two years after pipping us to automatic promotion, Burton haven’t made the impression many expected they would on returning to League One. Sketchy form leaves them sat 16th in the table, 7 points and 7 places below the Saddlers.
The Brewers have struggled on the road this season, gaining 5 points from 7 games, and despite scoring 9 goals away from the Pirelli, they have shipped 14. That said, their last two away games have shown plenty of promise; a first away win of the season at Plymouth (3-2) and a very honourable draw at leaders Portsmouth (2-2).
Burton’s first and only previous visit to Bescot was on 10th October 2015. Goals from Liam Kinsella and Tom Bradshaw saw Walsall win 2-0, taking top spot in League One as a result.
Burton’s League Form (Last 6 games)
Oct 27th - Peterborough (H) - Lost 2-1
Oct 23rd - Portsmouth (A) - Drew 2-2
Oct 20th - Plymouth (A) - Won 3-2
Oct 13th - Bristol Rovers (H) - Won 1-0
Oct 6th - Wycombe (A) - Lost 2-1
Oct 2nd - Southend (H) - Lost 2-1
Though we’re likely to be unchanged following Saturday’s win over Wycombe, Dean Keates has an opportunity to shuffle his defence should he wish.
Jack Fitzwater may be restored to the side if fit, but this would mean dropping Russell Martin or Jon Guthrie. If Fizzy does return, DK has the choice of using Kane Wilson, Nicky Devlin or Martin at right full-back.
Further up the pitch, Kinsella, Ismail and Ginnelly will all be pushing for a starting place, with Keiron Morris perhaps the most likely to be dropped.
I’ll leave that to you…
- Walsall Win
- Burton Win