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PREVIEW: Walsall v Coventry City

25 October 2013

Check out the big match preview ahead of the Sky Blues' trip to the Bescot

Venue: The Bescot Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Competition: Skybet League One

Coventry City travel the short distance down the M6 to face Walsall looking to seal an unbeaten October.

The Sky Blues continued their fantastic form by bringing Leyton Orient's 12-game unbeaten run to an end in midweek.

Carl Baker, Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke netted for Steven Pressley's as Coventry climb up to 14th in the table.

The Saddlers may have lost some key players during the summer but this hasn't stopped Walsall's play-off hopes.

Febian Brandy, Jamie Paterson and Will Grigg, who scored 40 goals between them last season, all left the club in the summer meaning Dean Smith had to scour the market for new recruits in the summer.

Milan Lalkovic arrived on loan from Chelsea with Romaine Sawyers joining the Saddlers on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion.

Walsall have made a strong start to the season, currently in 6th position, and have recorded back-to-back wins against Stevenage and Swindon coming into the game.

With the first fixture between the two sides in 1925, City have had the better of the sides with 17 wins over the Saddlers.

The Sky Blues were humiliated at the Bescot Stadium in the last game between the two sides as Walsall ran out 4-0 winners.

Last five results

01/04/2013 Walsall 4-0 Coventry City, League One
08/12/2012 Coventry City 5-1 Walsall, League One
17/01/2004 Walsall 1-6 Coventry City, League One
16/08/2003 Coventry City 0-0 Walsall, League One
15/04/2003 Walsall 0-0 Coventry City, League One


Craig Westcarr

The former Notts County striker has had a great start to the 2013/14 League One campaign, notching six goals already. 

Westcarr scored a brace against the Sky Blues last season at the Bescot Stadium as Walsall sealed a 4-0 victory in April.

The 28-year old was signed by the club in January having had a successful loan spell at the club from Chesterfield.

Having played most of his career in League Two and non-league, Westcarr is possibly enjoying the best form of his career.

Mark Robins

The former Coventry City manager played over 40 times for the Saddlers.

After starting his career at Manchester United, he moved on to Norwich City and Leicester City over the first 12 years of his career. 

After having spells in Greece and Spain, Robins moved back to England with the Saddlers and made 40 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

The City boss will have his 19th match as Coventry City manager against Walsall and has already claimed nine victories. 

Steve Staunton 

The former Republic of Ireland International ended his career at the Bescot Stadium having moved there from the Sky Blues.

The defender moved to Coventry City in 2003 from rivals Aston Villa and went on to make 70 appearances, scoring four times.

He moved to the Saddlers on a free transfer after leaving the Sky Blues in 2005 but only made seven appearances for the last club of his 20-year career.

Craig Pead

The full-back started his career at Coventry City and made 42 appearances, scoring twice over his six years at the club.

He had a loan spell at Walsall before joining the Saddlers on a permanent transfer in 2005 and he went on to make 80 appearances for the club over a two-year spell.

Brentford signed Pead in 2007 but this was to be his last club after a spate of knee injuries forced him to retire in 2009.

Tickets for the Walsall are completely sold out.

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