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A closer look at Newport County v Walsall


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    The Saddlers are off to Wales this evening with a trip to Newport County in Sky Bet League Two.

    Mat Sadler’s side will be aiming to record back-to-back victories at Rodney Parade when they take on Graham Coughlan’s team.

    Here is more information and a closer look at tonight’s contest.

    TICKETS

    Tickets for tonight’s match are no longer on sale from the Poundland Bescot Stadium and our e-ticketing site.

    Supporters can purchase tickets at Newport but please note, there is a £2 price increase for all age categories excluding Under 6s.

    IFOLLOW

    Tonight’s match will be available to stream live on iFollow in the UK and overseas.

    Audio commentary is also available for just £2.50.

    Buy now here.

    FROM THE DUGOUT

    Mat Sadler: “They will be desperate to put things right from their perspective on home turf and it’s up to us rise to that, understand that and I’m sure they will come out all guns blazing. It’s up to us to match that and be fully focused on what we want to do, who we are and those will be the messages I’ll be putting across.”

    Graham Coughlan: "Walsall are a very attack-minded side. They'll come after us, they'll press hard, play on the front foot. They're a big and physical team with some clinical players, if you present opportunities to those players, they'll take them. Walsall are at a good moment in time, they're playing well, scoring goals. We'll have to roll our sleeves up, be up for the scrap and see where we are."

    TEAM NEWS

    Mat Sadler confirmed that Aramide Oteh is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

    Liam Gordon is back in contention after missing the last two matches while away with Guyana on international duty, that saw him play his part in two 3-1 victories over Puerto Rico.

    As for Newport, they have a lengthy injury list of absentees at the moment with former Saddler James Clarke, Kyle Jameson, Adam Lewis, Harry Charsley, Seb Palmer-Houlden and Offrande Zanzala all sidelined.

    Graham Coughlan will also assess Will Evans, Declan Drysdale and Aaron Wildig ahead of tonight’s match, with the trio carrying knocks.

    FORM GUIDE

    Last six matches

    NEWPORT

    14 OCT – SWINDON 2-0 NEWPORT – L – L2

    10 OCT – CHELTENHAM 0-2 NEWPORT – W – EFLT

    07 OCT – NEWPORT 1-2 HARROGATE – L – L2

    03 OCT – NEWPORT 2-1 COLCHESTER – W – L2

    30 SEP – SALFORD 2-1 NEWPORT – L – L2

    23 SEP – NEWPORT 1-4 BRADFORD – L – L2

    WALSALL

    14 OCT – WALSALL 4-1 GILLINGHAM – W – L2

    10 OCT – WALSALL 1-1 FOREST GREEN (2-4 PENS) – D – EFLT

    07 OCT – SUTTON 4-0 WALSALL – L – L2

    03 OCT – WALSALL 0-0 MK DONS – D – L2

    30 SEP – BRADFORD 1-3 WALSALL – W – L2

    23 SEP – WALSALL 1-3 AFC WIMBLEDON – L – L2

    HEAD-TO-HEAD

    Walsall and Newport have met 70 times overall. Newport have recorded 27 victories while the Saddlers have won 24 of the meetings.

    Since relegation to League Two in 2019, the Saddlers and Newport have locked horns eight times. Five of those have ended in draws.

    Last season, Walsall picked up four points against the Exiles with a 1-0 victory at Rodney Parade and a 1-1 draw at the Poundland Bescot Stadium in the reverse fixture.

    Newport have faired better at home so far this campaign having picked up 11 points from seven matches at Rodney Parade, compared to just one win and five defeats on the road.

    Mat Sadler’s side have collected seven points from seven matches on the road so far this season.

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