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U's take on Saddlers in latest Sky Bet League Two match

10 December 2021

Hayden Mullins' side have their second away game this week, with the journey to the Black Country and Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

The U's picked up a valuable point on the road at Bradford City on Wednesday evening, with the goalless draw against the Bantams at Valley Parade. 

There were positive signs from Hayden Mullins' side after weathering an early storm from the home side, and the U's had chances to win the game in the second half with Alan Judge, Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears all having good efforts on goal.

But the U's took their well earned point on the road and will swiftly change their focus toward the next league game, on the road at Walsall on Saturday afternoon. 

Colchester United will have Tom Eastman back at their disposal after completing his isolation period with COVID, and will be boosted by Brendan Wiredu's hour on the pitch on Wednesday night. But Mullins and Dyer will need to check on the fitness of Shamal George and Frank Nouble ahead of the trip. 

The Opposition
Walsall have been under the management of Matt Taylor since the start of the season, with the former Premier League midfielder in his first post as Head Coach. 

The Saddlers have experienced a very similar start to the 2021/22 campaign as the U's sitting three points ahead in fourteenth, having played a game more. 

And like the U's, Walsall have been pretty solid at the back, but have found goals a little hard to come by, with four goals in their last six games, picking up eight points from those matches. 

Taylor oversaw the recruitment of some renowned League Two veterans in the shape of Joss Labadie, Manny Monthe and Otis Khan as well as the experienced defender Stephen Ward from Ipswich Town. 

George Miller tops the Saddlers' scoring charts this season with seven goals in seventeen appearances, but the hosts for Saturday's match have Conor Wilkinson and Emmanual Osadebe in their ranks who can also provide a danger to any defence on their day. 

Last Time We Met

The U's took all three points in a tight affair at the JobServe Community Stadium towards the end of last season. Michael Folivi struck the equaliser after Nouble's effort had bounced off the post, before Ryan Clampin's volley sealed the three points just before the break. 

Tickets can now only be purchased from the hosts on matchday. Click HERE for all the information and pricing to watch the U's in Walsall. 

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