So Boxing Day finally arrives! Our postponed Christmas trip to Northampton Town is up next with a Tuesday evening game under the Sixfields lights.
Northampton Town are managed by Aussie, Jon Brady and find themselves 2nd in League Two, well placed for a good push for automatic promotion but still a whole 12 points behind the runaway leaders Forest Green Rovers, having played a game more!
Ex-Saddlers Liam Roberts and Jon Guthrie have played their part in The Cobblers rise up the table, with Roberts producing some great performances in goal, with Guthrie chipping in with some crucial goals as well as helping keep numerous clean sheets.
Northampton Town’s last six fixtures have been:
5th Feb - Walsall (A) - Won 1-0
8th Feb - Newport County (H) - Won 1-0
12th Feb - Port Vale (A) - Drew 0-0
19th Feb - Colchester United (H) - Won 3-0
22nd Feb - Scunthorpe United (A) - Drew 0-0
26th Feb - Rochdale (A) - Lost 1-0
Walsall head into this game with 3 wins from the last 4 games, suggesting that the squad, although on the small side, does have the required talent to have a good go at creating something positive in this division. Probably a bit too late this season now, but momentum could be key heading towards the next one!
Michael Flynn has been a breath of fresh air so far, and must surely be looking forward to getting some of his own players in for next season when the opportunity arises, but for now he appears to be working minor miracles with what he has. I mean who ever thought Emmanuel Osadebe would be lining up as a right wing-back?!
Team news for the game - Reece Devine AND Zak Mills are both out with injury, adding to the long-term absence of Rory Holden, with the rest of the squad seemingly in contention to play the game.
New singing Lee Tomlin will surely feature again off the bench as he works his way up to full fitness, and given his brief cameo on Saturday, he could well be the best bit of business this club has completed in a good few years if we can keep him fit and tie him down for next season!
Quick mention for Liam Kinsella who made his 200th Walsall appearance on Saturday - let’s hope for 200 more……
Coming so soon after our last game the question is whether you would keep the same starting XI or not? Let us know your starting XI, using Michael Flynn’s favoured 3-5-2 formation.
Cautiously optimistic of a good result here, heart says Saddlers win, but my head says we are good enough to get a point. What are your predictions?
- Northampton Town Win
- Walsall Win