Walsall vs Crewe Alexandra Match Analysis & Prediction
21/02/2023 10:45 pm
Three places separate Walsall and Crewe Alexandra in the League Two standings going into Tuesday’s rescheduled fixture at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.
Both sides played out draws at the weekend, with the Saddlers drawing 1-1 with Newport County and Crewe fighting back to a 2-2 stalemate at Harrogate Town.
Walsall are currently eight points adrift of Salford City, having played two games fewer than the side occupying the final promotion spot in the competition, but a series of winless matches threaten to see them fall further away as it stands.
Michael Flynn’s side have drawn four successive matches in League Two, with February not being kind to the Saddlers. They are winless since the start of January, when a 2-1 victory over Mansfield Town looked to start the year on a positive note.
At the time, Walsall had won six from eight matches, losing just on in that sequence, but the subsequent games have seen them fail to live up to that promise.
Meanwhile, Crewe may have picked up five points from an available nine recently, but a comprehensive look at their results shows that they have won just twice in the calender year.
Their last victory in League two came against relegation-threatened Hartlepool United on Valentine’s Day, a 2-0 win that ended a six-game winless run in the competition.
Preceding that 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers on New Year’s Day were three defeats in a row, further highlighting the struggles encountered by a side that suffered relegation from League One in 2021-22.
The Railwaymen have scored two goals each in their last three matches, having failed to score more than one goal in League Two since a 2-2 draw with Northampton Town in late August.
That offers a glimmer of hope before facing draw kings Walsall – whose 11 stalemates outrank all but one side in League Two – before Tuesday’s rescheduled game at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.
Walsall vs. Crewe Alexandra Head to head
In the 27 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Walsall have claimed six victories while Crewe have won 11, and they have drawn in 10. Crewe have scored 36 goals and conceded 29 in the process.
26/09/2015Walsall1Crewe Alexandra1League One
13/02/2016Crewe Alexandra1Walsall1League One
17/08/2019Crewe Alexandra1Walsall0League Two
01/02/2020Walsall1Crewe Alexandra2League Two
15/08/2020Crewe Alexandra2Walsall0Club Friendlies
Walsall Team News
Having missed the entire season through discomfort caused by two floating bone fragments rubbing against a tendon, Joe Riley made his long-awaited Walsall debut on Saturday and should get some minutes here.
Liam Kinsella is nearing a return to action after missing Walsall’s last five matches, and it remains to be seen if the midfielder makes his comeback this week.
Walsall's Last 5 Matches
31/01/2023Salford City1Walsall0League Two
04/02/2023Northampton Town0Walsall0League Two
11/02/2023Walsall1Leyton Orient1League Two
14/02/2023Colchester United0Walsall0League Two
18/02/2023Walsall1Newport County1League Two
Crewe Alexandra Team News
On-loan defender Sean Robertson returned from suspension and played a part in Crewe’s draw with Harrogate, and could start on Tuesday.
Injured striker Courtney Baker-Richardson is back in training following a hamstring injury that has kept him out since October, but the forward is not likely to play this week.
Crewe Alexandra's Last 5 Matches
04/02/2023Crewe Alexandra0Grimsby Town3League Two
07/02/2023Crewe Alexandra0Leyton Orient2League Two
11/02/2023Crawley Town2Crewe Alexandra2League Two
14/02/2023Crewe Alexandra2Hartlepool0League Two
18/02/2023Harrogate Town2Crewe Alexandra2League Two
Walsall vs. Crewe Alexandra: Odds and Predictions
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