Walsall and Colchester United will meet at the Poundland Bescot Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a League Two clash. Both teams are looking to climb up the table following disappointing starts to their campaigns which leave them in the bottom half of the table.
The home side are currently sitting in 18th place in the table, having picked up five points from their five league games so far this season. The saddlers have only managed to win one of their games, which came in matchweek two against Stockport.
In their last outing, the Saddlers left it late to earn a point against Grimsby Town. Despite recording 6 shots on target in the game compared with Grimsby’s 2, Walsall found themselves behind going into the final 10 minutes of the game. However, an 81st minute Ryan Stirk leveler ensured that the Saddlers would earn a point from the game.
After an uninspiring start to their campaign, Colchester currently find themselves in 22nd place in the League Two table having amassed just three points from their four league games so far this season.
The U’s began their season in the worst way possible, losing three consecutive matches. These defeats came at the hands of Bradford, Wimbledon and MK Dons.
On a positive note, Colchester managed to score three times in these games, highlighting that their problems may be coming from a lack of defensive stability rather than lack of attacking quality.
Last time out, Ben Garner’s side picked up their first three-point haul of the season as they comfortably defeated Gillingham 3-0, with goals coming from Kelleher, Tovide and Ihionvien.
This fixture's recent history has been littered with draws, with seven of the last eleven ties having ended in a stalemate. Colchester have only managed to win one of the last eleven matches, which came in April 2021.
The most recent meeting of these two sides came in last year's League Two campaign, where neither side managed to break the deadlock. Chances were few and far between in the game, with there only being 3 shots on target in the 90 minutes.
This game is set to be a tight affair as both sides search desperately for their second win of the season. Therefore, we are expecting this to be a low scoring encounter, with under 2.5 goals currently @ 2/1, this could be worth a punt.
We are backing Walsall to win and Freddie Draper to score. In what is expected to be a very tight affair, the home crowd advantage for Walsall may just give them the edge in the game. We believe that Lincoln-loanee, Freddie Draper is a prime candidate to score if Walsall are to win.