Youth Team Preview: Walsall (A)

Blackpool travel to the West Midlands to take on Walsall in the EFL Youth Alliance on Saturday, for an 11am kick-off.

The young Seasiders are in fine form heading into the game, with four wins in a row, which have come against Bolton, Shrewsbury, Oldham and Port Vale. The U19’s will be confident of putting in a good performance against the young Saddlers.

Walsall, meanwhile, are struggling at the bottom of the Youth Alliance table with just one point which they picked up last time out, at home against Preston North End.

The Key-man:
If Walsall are to beat Blackpool, with the form John Murphy’s side are in, they are going to have to put in a strong performance and the team from the midlands will be hoping attacker, Marvellous Onabirekhanlan is on top form. 

With a few chances in their most recent match, the number sixteen was unlucky not to score. Both creating and finishing, he is a threat up front with Samin Sarvari and Shay Willock.

The defence for the Seasiders has been very good as of late and with changes being made to it week in week out, the back four, whoever it may be, will be well up for the task of making sure Onabirekhanlan doesn’t get any joy on Saturday.

Who Comes Out On Top:

If results and stats are anything to go by, the favourites for this game would be Blackpool. However, Walsall won’t be pushovers. They took the lead against a good Preston team last weekend and managed to keep that lead until the dying embers of the game. Miguel Llera’s side are ever improving, and they will have taken the positives that they achieved in the draw with North End to trouble Blackpool.

Blackpool need to keep their shape and stand tall. If Murphy’s side play on the front foot they will be well on their way to getting their fifth win in succession. 

It’s all about the players putting in a good performance and after playing positively in the last few weeks, the side will want that to continue.

Venue/Admission:
The match will be held at Birmingham FA County Association, which is on Ray Hall Lane, Great Barr, B43 6JF. 

Spectators are welcome, so make the trip down the M6 and support the young Seasiders in a game which they can hopefully put in a positive performance once again.

By Callum Insull
 

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