Pool Travel To High-Flyers
Fixture| Walsall vs Blackpool
Date| 23 January 2016
Venue| Banks’ Stadium
League One fixtures don’t come much tougher than Walsall away this season, but Neil McDonald’s side will be quietly confident after dismantling Scunthorpe United last week.
Blackpool hit The Iron for five and have since boosted their striking options with the addition of Uche Ikpeazu, who joined on loan from Watford on Thursday.
The Seasiders have won just twice in away league action this season so will be looking to improve that record and avenge their 4-0 defeat to Walsall at Bloomfield Road in August.
The Saddlers go into the fixture in second place, two points off top spot, having adjusted well to the change of management which saw Sean O’Driscoll take over last month.
A week ago they claimed three points at Bury’s Gigg Lane, but were made to work for the points after taking a 3-0 lead, only to be pegged back to 3-2 and needing to hold on.
Walsall have won seven of their 13 home games this season and prepare to welcome Blackpool for the first time since 2005.
Mark Cullen provides a boost to Neil McDonald, after the striker returned to training this week.
Clark Robertson, Lloyd Jones, Henry Cameron and Martin Paterson remain out for The Seasiders.
Isaiah Osbourne will miss out on the chance to face his former club due to a knee injury, while Jason Demetriou’s own knee injury will be assessed.
McDonald: “I’ve been to see them (Walsall) a couple of times since Mr O’Driscoll got the job. They’re a very good team and have hardly changed since we played them at the start of the season which shows they’ve used the players in a consistent way.”
O’Driscoll: “The results show that they’ve (Blackpool) finally got something that is settled, or a way of doing things that suits them. I think it’ll be a really high energy game this Saturday, which could suit us.”
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