Spending their fourth season in League Two, Salford City’s Project 92 owners have seen the Ammies disappointingly struggle in recent weeks. Sitting in eighth position only two points behind Mansfield Town, who occupy the final playoff position, Neil Wood’s side will be leapfrogged by Walsall if they suffer defeat at the Peninsula Stadium.
Before successive victories, Salford’s majority shareholders, which include Manchester United legends David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville, witnessed the Ammies without a victory in six matches. A comfortable 3-0 victory against Gillingham, courtesy of goals from Theo Vassell, Ryan Watson and Callum Hendry, saw the Ammies register their first victory in four league matches.
A 1-0 success over Bradford City in the Football League Trophy, thanks to Lorent Tolaj’s first-half strike, registered a much-needed confidence boost ahead of a potentially tricky encounter against one of the league’s most in-form sides. Languishing in League Two for as long as Salford have resided in League Two, Walsall have registered an impressive 20 points from their last nine matches.
Sitting only one point behind Saturday’s hosts, Walsall have been flying high in recent weeks, most recently beating Doncaster Rovers 2-0.
We say: Salford City 1-2 Walsall
Hoping to avenge their 2-1 defeat against Salford City last season, Walsall should have enough firepower in the final third to register another victory.
Salford City won 4 direct matches. Walsall won 2 matches. 0 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.67 goals per Match.
This match will start from 1:15 am
This match will take place on 1 February 2023
Salford City manager Neil Wood could field the same starting lineup as against Gillingham with no new injury worries ahead of the clash with Walsall.
Struggling in the goalscoring department since the departure of Brandon Thomas-Asante to West Bromwich Albion at the end of August, Ryan Watson and Callum Hendry are the Ammies’ joint-top scorers with only four goals in all competitions.
Expected to again lead the line for Walsall, Danny Johnson has already scored 13 times this campaign, with only Sam Hoskins and Andy Cook finding the back of the net on more occasions in the league than the on-loan Mansfield Town striker this season.
Similarly to Salford, not many changes will be expected from Wood’s managerial counterpart, Michael Flynn, as Walsall look to continue in their determined pursuit of an overdue return to League One.
King; Bolton, Vassell, Nartley, Touray; Watson, Watt, Tolaj; Hendry, Bailey, Smith
Evans; White, Daniels, Monthe; Bennett, Kinsella, Earing, Gordon; Hutchinson, Johnson, Knowles
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Salford City win with a probability of 36.25%. A win for Walsall has a probability of 35.7% and a draw has a probability of 28.1%.
The most likely scoreline for a Salford City win is 1-0 with a probability of 11.3%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-1 (7.76%) and 2-0 (6.65%). The likeliest Walsall win is 0-1 (11.19%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (13.17%).
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