Walsall v Latics – News

The Latics travel to Walsall for a key Sky Bet League Two midweek fixture tonight (7:45pm KO).

Last time out for John Sheridan’s men as they conceded another goal in stoppage time to ensure they leave the County Ground empty-handed.

Form Guide

Oldham’s opposition come into this match in impressive form.


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With just one loss in their previous seven outings, Walsall presents a tough task for the Latics looking to find their way back to winning ways on the road.

A solid 1-0 triumph last time out against promotion-chasing Sutton United came after back-to-back 1-1 draws.

The much-improved run came on the heels of seven straight league defeats, a run that had Walsall looking over his shoulders at the bottom two.

It’s safe to say that those thoughts are just a distant memory for them now that they’re sitting much more comfortably in 16and location.

The only time they conceded more than one goal in a game during this run came in a 5-0 loss to Swindon Town, a result that looks more like a blip with each passing week.

The last six of the Saddlers:

  1. Walsall 1-0 Sutton United
  2. Barrow 1-1 Walsall
  3. Northampton Town 1-1 Walsall
  4. Walsall 3-1 Hartlepool United
  5. Swindon Town 5-0 Walsall
  6. Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Walsall


Meetings: 63

Latic wins: 23
Walsall wins: 25
Prints: 15

Scored – 85
Cashed – 98

The Latics haven’t won any of the previous three clashes against the Saddlers.

In the first meeting between the two clubs this season, Walsall emerged victorious with a 3-1 win at Boundary Park.

Two goals before the break from Jack Earing and George Miller put the visitors in the ascendancy.

Hallam Hope halved the deficit in 67and minute but a late goal from Emmanuel Osadebe secured maximum points for his team.

The last time Oldham emerged victorious in a game against Walsall was in October 2019.

Goals from Scott Wilson and Desire Segbe Azankpo after Walsall player Mat Saddler was fired gave the Latics a 2-0 win.

Beware of familiar faces

Connor Wilkinson has been one of the reasons for Walsall’s recent improvement in form.

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The striker has four goals in his last seven appearances and he will be looking to add to that tally when Oldham come to town.

He scored the winner from the spot in their last outing building on other recent goals in Northampton’s draw and Hartlepool’s win.

Prior to this run, it hadn’t been the most successful campaign for the 27-year-old who now has seven league goals to his name.

It’s a name Oldham fans may remember from Wilkinson’s time on loan with the club.

During two separate loan spells at parent club Bolton Wanderers, the striker played 18 times, scoring on three occasions, including one against his current side.

For the past few seasons Wilkinson has played for fellow League Two side Leyton Orient before moving to Walsall in the summer transfer window which has just ended.

In the canoe

Michael Flynn is the dugout man for the hosts.

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The 41-year-old boss has had a tremendous effect since joining Walsall.

His first game in charge saw them end Forest Green Rovers’ 19-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 away win and since then they have won twice more to move them up the table in the Premier League. League Two.

This is Flynn’s second senior executive job, the first to come with Newport County.

He enjoyed great success with the Welsh outfit. Most notably, he pulled off a big escape to keep them in the Football League in his debut season and then pulled off some big giant kills in the FA Cup as well.

Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesborough are some of the teams the county was able to beat under Flynn’s management.


Banks Stadium (Bescot Stadium)

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Opened: 1990

Capacity: 11,300

Attendance record: 11,049 (vs Rotherham United, May 2004)

Match officials

The official in the middle of the game is Ollie Yates.

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Yates last refereed a Latics game in March 2021 for our draw against Southend United at Boundary Park. That day, he handed out a yellow card and no red card.

He has taken charge of 23 games so far this campaign, handing out a total of 75 yellow cards and four red cards.

Yates will be assisted by Lisa Rashid and Richard Woodward, with Christopher Husband as fourth official.

Sky Bet Odds

Walsall is currently 19/20 favorite to win this game.

Oldham is 13/5 to regain his form and take a vital step in the right direction to survive.

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How to follow the game

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Live match action on the £10 ‘match pass’ is available on iFollow Latics in the UK and overseas for fans who can’t attend in person, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown explaining the game action.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, fans can also follow the game with live updates on the club’s official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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