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Footymad preview History of the Walsall v Carlisle United fixture

The Blues travel straight down the M6 tomorrow hoping to improve on their poor record in the West Midlands. United having a disappointing history of four wins, six draws and 16 defeats in their 26 games at Walsall over the years.

Last season in League One in late November 2010 the Saddlers took all three points again with a 2-1 victory at the Banks's Stadium as 4,256 fans looked on. United taking the lead in the 26th minute through Mike Grella only for Matt Richards to score twice from free-kicks on 37 and then 53 minutes to give the home side all three points.

In the 2010-11 campaign in League One the two sides drew 2-2 in a match played in early October. Darren Byfield putting the Saddlers ahead on 33 minutes before Matty Robson equalised for the Blues just before the break with a long range shot and goal of the season contender. Steve Jones, in front of only 3,572 spectators then putting the home side back ahead after 74 minutes before Richard Keogh headed home a last minute leveller from a Graham Kavanagh cross to grab the Cumbrians a point from the game, Keogh though also being booked for his exuberant celebrations after the ball hit the back of Rene Gilmartin's net.

Meanwhile in 2008-09 in League One Carlisle lost 2-1 at the Banks's Stadium in late September 2008. United striker Danny Graham having a 25th minute penalty saved before the Saddlers went 2-0 up through Dwayne Mattis just before the break and then Jabo Ibehre on 64 minutes. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's successfully converted 83rd minute spot-kick therefore proving to be no more than a consolation goal for the Cumbrians as 4,830 fans looked on.

Walsall's biggest win at home to Carlisle has twice been by a 5-0 scoreline, one of those victories coming in the first ever old Fourth Division season in 1958-59 as 10,085 fans looked on. The other victory coming in the Third Division North in 1932-33 in front of 5,637 spectators. None of United's wins four away to the Saddlers have been by more than a one-goal margin. The last success coming in the Third Division (fourth tier) title-winning campaign of 1994-95. A brace of goals from David Reeves in a 2-1 win, as 3,610 spectators looked on, ensuring that Carlisle travelled home with all three points.

Recent encounters between the teams

2010/2011 Sat 05 Feb Carlisle 1 - 3 Walsall League One
2010/2011 Sat 20 Nov Walsall 2 - 1 Carlisle League One
2009/2010 Sat 01 May Carlisle 1 - 1 Walsall League One
2009/2010 Sat 03 Oct Walsall 2 - 2 Carlisle League One
2008/2009 Tue 10 Feb Carlisle 1 - 1 Walsall League One
2008/2009 Sat 27 Sep Walsall 2 - 1 Carlisle League One
2007/2008 Sat 02 Feb Carlisle 2 - 1 Walsall League One

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Recent respective form guides

Walsall's poor home run has seen them win just one, draw two but lose three of their last six matches at the Banks's Stadium. While the Saddlers have scored only five goals in these games, a worringly large nine have been leaked at the other end. Carlisle's away form meanwhile is just less than average, picking up two good wins and one draw but losing three from their last six matches on the road. While the Cumbrians have netted seven goals themselves, a hefty eleven have hit the back of the wrong net.

Walsall find themselves struggling down in 17th position in the League One table at the moment having picked up just nine points from their ten matches contested to date. As for Carlisle, their 16 points gained from their ten games played so far sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in tenth place.

Current overall team form

Walsall 6 1 1 4 5 8 4
Carlisle 6 2 0 4 8 13 6

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FootyMad's prediction ...

Carlisle haven't been doing brilliantly on their travels recently, yet the Footymad panel can see a turn around in fortunes as they battle to a victory in a closely fought contest at Walsall....... Away win

Sequence statistics


Not won in last three home games.
Failed to win in previous five matches.

Carlisle Six games since last away draw.
Last drawn match ten outings ago.

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