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Walsall v Sutton preview

11 March 2022

After the euphoria of Tuesday's momentous result at Wigan, Sutton return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday at Walsall, hoping to atone for what was U's last defeat at the VBS when Walsall won by the only goal on the last weekend of October. Sutton will wear black.

That was Walsall's sixth league game in a row without defeat and at that stage they looked likely to feature in the higher reaches of the table. However a run of seven consecutive defeats after the turn of the year, culminating in a 1-0 defeat at bottom club Scunthorpe, saw The Saddlers slumping towards the relegation zone and manager Matt Taylor left. They then beat promotion chasing Tranmere and leaders Forest Green in consecutive games, and have lost only once under new manager Michael Flynn, who took Newport to the play-offs twice in three seasons, although that defeat was a heavy one at Swindon. They go in to the weekend in 16th place in the table, nine points clear of 23rd placed Oldham.

Sutton's place going in to the game will depend on the outcome of Friday night's game between Tranmere and Mansfield, with a win for either side seeing U's drop to fifth but a draw meaning that both sides will remain below Sutton on goal difference. U's were without Kenny Davis and Ali Smith on Tuesday and will wait to see if either is fit to return to the squad.

Referee Scott Oldham is taking charge of his third Sutton game this season, having previously refereed the games at Exeter and Leyton Orient.

Supporters who have not yet bought tickets can do so on the day of the game at the Banks's Stadium, prices are:  Adults £22; Over 60 £18; Under 21 £17; Under 18 £12;Family (one adult and one junior) £24. Disabled supporters pay the above price with a carer admitted free. Our accommodation is in the University of Wolverhampton Stand, which is the end of the ground nearest to Bescot Stadium Station.

The Supporters' Club coach will leave at 9am, while for independent travellers the ground is just off junction 9 of the M6(you can also use junction 7), while the stadium has its own station, Bescot Stadium, about two hours from Euston with a change at Birmingham New Street.

Anyone unable to go to the game can listen to a live audio commentary through our iFollow service, and those without a valid monthly or seasonal pass can click here to buy a match pass for £2.50.

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