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MATCH PREVIEW | Swindon Town vs Walsall FC

Following a goal fest against Sutton, Swindon will face another tricky test in Walsall this Saturday.

Keeping the unbeaten run alive will be imperative to pushing for the automatic promotion spots and Walsall will be a big test for the Robins. 

The match against Sutton will be remembered for the eight goals shared between the sides, with some dominant displays from Jake Young, Dan Kemp and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy providing the quality to give Swindon the win. 

Walsall have turned around their inconsistent start to the season by winning their last two games, giving them a good run of form coming into the weekend clash. 

Fixing the leaky defence

Not for the first time this season the Swindon defence leaked goals, the three goals scored by Sutton were avoidable had the defence been alert. The second goal, in particular, saw the Swindon players ball watch as a throw-in was left uncontested to be fired in.  

For Swindon to come out on top this weekend, they cannot be as lazy at the back that allowed a struggling Sutton side to score three. Walsall has the capability to punish any lapses in judgement, but the Swindon attack should still be too much for Walsall to handle.

Scoring for fun

Swindon are currently the highest scorers in League Two, having found the net on 20 occasions in just six games. Jake Young has provided nearly half of the tally, sitting on nine goals with Dan Kemp providing five and the remaining six goals being shared amongst the squad. 

The return of Saido Khan from international duty will be a boost for the side, Khan was an unused substitute for Gambias's 2-2 draw with Congo so could be straight back into the side against Walsall. If he is not however, then Jake Cain showed he is ready to fill in following an impressive showing against Sutton that saw him bag a goal. 

Swindon are not just limited to their starting eleven for goals, with Hepburn-Murphy showing how big of a threat he is following his performance against Sutton; the 25-year-old scored and assisted in his impressive display. 

Head-to-Head

When the two sides have played it is Swindon that has come out on top on most occasions, having won eight times to Walsalls five, and the two sides drawing six times. Last season Walsall walked away from the County Ground with all three points following a 94th minute winner. Later in the season, the two would share a goalless draw.

Swindon will be looking to end a torrid run against Walsall, with their last victory a dominant 3-0 win in May 2022. Since that win the sides have clashed three times, once in the EFL Cup where Walsall were 2-0 winners and then the loss and draw from last season. 

Walsall have scored eleven and conceded eleven so far this season, and Swindon will look to stake a proper claim for the automatic promotion spots, being just a point from third-placed Mansfield and only three points off of the top of the table.

Swindon League Form:

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Walsall League Form:

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Match Prediction:

Our prediction is that Swindon will continue their unbeaten start to the league campaign. Walsall have the capability to cause the Swindon defence some headaches and Michael Flynn will need to be on top of his defence that has been prone to switching off this season.

But the Swindon attack has been wide awake and hungry for goals, and with Jake Young looking unstoppable Swindon will come out on top.

Swindon Town 4-2 Walsall FC 

 

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