The games keep rolling in thick and fast, and this weekend we welcome Stevenage to The Poundland Bescot Stadium for an early top of the table clash.
Stevenage are managed by the much-maligned Steve Evans, who took charge in March 2022, following a stint as manager of Gillingham previously.
The visitors head into this game with a record of two wins from their opening two league games and sit 5th in League Two, whilst also progressing to the second round of the Carabao Cup after beating Championship side Reading in the first round. NB. Reading did make 8 changes and have 3 debutants, but, a win is a win.
Having flirted with relegation in recent seasons, and even being saved from relegation to the National League by virtue of Macclesfield Town being deducted points after the season finished early in 2020/21, (where only one team went down that season too) because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the club appear to be making strides in the right direction and have started the season in fantastic form. They head to Walsall with a strong confidence that they can put in a performance and get something from the game.
Stevenage’s fixtures thus far this season have been:
30th July - Tranmere Rovers (A) - Won 2-1
6th Aug - Stockport County (H) - Won 2-1
9th Aug - Reading (A) (CC1) - Won 2-1
A recurring theme so far…
Onto the table-topping Saddlers now, and Michael Flynn leads his team into this fixture with a perfect record in all games this season so far, with three victories from three games, with an even more impressive ZERO goals conceded.
There are no confirmed injury worries ahead of this fixture, although Hayden White went off with a knock, and Jack Earing appeared to suffer from cramp towards the end of what was his first 90-minutes of football for a while following an Achilles injury that has hampered his pre-season.
Looking ahead to the starting XI, if there are no injuries to report by matchday then I cannot see past Michael Flynn returning to the same starting XI that has started our first two league games. If there was to be an exception I may rest Hayden White and replace him with Liam Bennett who had an impressive game.
Looking forward to this one, I think we will make it 3 out of 3, 9 points out of 9, and another clean sheet. How do you see the game going?
We’re getting OUR WALSALL back slowly but surely!
- Walsall Win
- Stevenage Win