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OPPOSITION GUIDE: WALSALL

City return to action tomorrow, travelleing to the Midlands to face Walsall.

Darrell Clarke’s men have undergone a mass reshuffle during the transfer window, and currently sit 21st in the Sky Bet League One table. 

With action set to get underway from 3.00pm, we have compiled an Opposition Guide, packed full of detailed information on tomorrow’s visitors…

SUMMER TRANSFER ACTIVITY

The Banks’s Stadium outfit have been busy throughout the summer, adding 16 new recruits with 21 players moving the other way. 

Ins: James Clarke (Bristol Rovers), Cameron Pring (Bristol City, loan), Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury), Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers), Caolan Lavery (Sheffield United), James Hardy (Fylde), Shay Facey (Northampton Town), Gary Liddle (Carlisle United), Elijah Adebayo (Fulham), Jack Kiersey (Everton), Jack Rose (Southampton, loan), Rory Gaffney (Salford City, loan), Zak Jules (Macclesfield), Rory Holden (Bristol City, loan), Wes McDonald (unassigned), Danny Guthrie (unassigned). 

Outs: Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle), Chris Dunn (Maidenhead United), Cameron Peters (Bromsgrove), Zeli Ismail (Bradford City), Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers), Jon Guthrie (Livingston), Jordan Sangha (Evesham United), Nicky Devlin (Livingston), Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers), Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers), George Dobson (Sunderland), Andy Cook (Mansfield Town), Ben Purkiss (released), Adam Chambers (released), Isaiah Osbourne (released), Dylan Parker (released), Omar Mussa (released), Joe Slinn (Atherton), Tobias Hayles-Docherty (released), Dan Vann (released), Maziar Kouhyar (released). 

ONES TO WATCH

Caolan Lavery:

A household EFL name, Lavery is enjoying his first season as a Saddler, having signed from Sheffield United over the summer. 

The 26-year-old forward begun his career at Sheffield Wednesday and has also spent time at the likes of Bury, Rotherham United and Portsmouth. 

Josh Gordon:

The forward enjoyed a successful first season at Walsall throughout 2018/19, scoring nine goals in 45 appearences. 

The exciting 24-year-old scored two against the Bantams in February’s meeting at the Banks’s Stadium.

Danny Guthrie:

A midfielder, Guthrie carries a welath of expereince at Premier League level, beginning his career at Liverpool in 2005. 

The 32-year-old went on to enjoy successful spells at Newcastle United and Reading. 

Mat Sadler:

An experienced defender, Sadler has begun his first season at the Midlands outfit. 

The 34-year-old reached the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final as captain of Shrewsbury Town in 2018. 

THE MANAGER

Darrell Clarke was appointed at the Walsall helm on a three-year contract over the summer. 

Clarke spent over four and a half years as manager of Bristol Rovers prior to joining the Saddlers, enjoying a win percentage of over 42% in the south of the country. 

The 41-year-old established a reputable playing career in the EFL, representing Hartlepool United and Mansfield Town as a midfilder between 1995 and 2007. 

THE CAPTAIN

James Clarke has been captain of Saturday’s opponents since joining the club over the summer. 

The defender put an end to a four-year spell at Bristol Rovers at the end of last season to follow his old manager Clarke to the Saddlers. 

The 29-year-old has also served spells in non-league with the likes of Salisbury City, Oxford City and Woking. 

LAST TIME OUT

Walsall recorded a draw in their previous game in Sky Bet League Two, playing out a 0-0 stalemate away to Colchester United. 

Colchester United 0

Walsall 0

Sky Bet League One

Saturday September 7th 2019

Attendance: 3,265

Oldham: Liam Roberts; Cameron Norman, James Clarke (c), Zak Jules, Cameron Pring (Dan Scarr 45+3′); Rory Holden (Elijah Adebayo 72’), Danny Guthrie (Stuart Sinclair 57′), Gary Liddle (yellow 55′), Liam Kinsella (yellow 78’); Rory Gaffney, Caolan Lavery. Subs (not used): Mat Sadler, Josh Gordon, Jack Rose, James Hardy. 

Tickets for tomorrow’s clash are still available and can be purchased from the ticket office at the Utilita Energy Stadium, or by CLICKING HERE

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