Seems bizarre to have them as favourite given their form and I don’t think they’ve ever beat us. Some Saddler must have lumped on Sutton knowing all too well that Walsall teams often will beat top teams only to loose to the bottom of the league the next week.
DJ will play tomorrow but remember to play DJ you need to play two up front, most likely to be Matt….if you play two up front there needs to be a sacrifice somewhere else so that means 3 at the back or 442….with 442 I don’t see a place for Hutch or Tierney…you can’t have it all ways.
It’s got banana skin written all over it as far as I’m concerned, then MS will trot out how Sutton are far better than their league position suggests.
I would love DJ to start with Oteh which ok probably means 442 but in all honesty Johnson doesn’t seem to fit in with whatever it is the manager is trying to do.
To be fair we will have to wait and see but it’s very strange to have your marquee signing warming the bench game after game.
Make no mistake about it this is an extremely difficult fixture for us. They will be straining at a leash to get at us and climb.off the bottom of the league, if we can weather the early storm (and with our record of conceding early that will be no mean feat in itself) then I think we can win, but we should take nothing for granted.
The VBS Community Stadium has been kind to us in previous visits, let’s hope that is the case tomorrow and with another bumper away following good to see there will be a fair few Saddlers roaring the boys on.
Riley McEntee Daniels Gordon
Knowles Hutchinson Stirk Oteh
Give Draper a much needed rest, bring him on at 70 minutes. I’d also pull Williams out the firing line for a game. Get the ball down, retain possession and play. These lot ship goals currently and that team has so much going forward to be able to put them to the sword, but also McEntee and Daniels at the back for some solidity to stop an aerial bombardment.
Sadler will probably go unchanged, or maybe drop Oteh for Knowles. I imagine he will want the McEntee screen to help against the direct ball and pressure Sutton are known for.