Stat Pack: Swindon Town vs Walsall
6th placed Swindon Town comfortably beat Notts County 2-0 to move into the play-offs for the first time this season.
Town have won their previous three games to move up to 4th in the League One form guide following four wins, zero draws and two defeats.
As hosts, Swindon are unbeaten in six League One games, winning the previous four games and only dropping two points (against Gillingham). Town are the only unbeaten hosts in the division along with Leyton Orient and MK Dons.
9th placed Walsall are the highest placed opponents to arrive at the County Ground so far in League One.
The Sadlers are 12th in the form guide with two wins, three draws and one defeat. Walsall beat Stevenage 2-1 at the weekend.
On their travels, Walsall are unbeaten in their last four. Their six games have yielded three wins, two draws and a single defeat (at Brentford). Walsall are 4th in the League One away form guide and certainly stronger away from the Bescot Stadium.
In all League, FA Cup and Football League competitions, Town have faced Walsall on 90 occasions, winning 33, drawing 26 and defeated 31 times; scoring 134 and conceding 136.
At the County Ground, Swindon have a record of 19 wins, 6 draws and 6 defeats, scoring 63 and conceding 31.
The two sides drew 2-2 in the previous meeting at the County Ground in March 2013 when goals from Andy Williams and Simon Ferry were undone by Jamie Paterson’s late equaliser.
Walsall haven’t beaten Swindon in seven meetings. The Sadlers’ last win was a 2-1 win at Bescot Stadium in November 2008.
Swindon’s have drawn the previous three meetings at the County Ground.
Town’s last defeat to Walsall as hosts was in February 2008.
Swindon have failed to score against County twice in the previous ten meetings.
This is perhaps the toughest match for Town at the County Ground so far in League One as Walsall arrive with an away form bettered only by Peterborough, Leyton Orient and Wolves.
The win against Notts County proved the importance of the early goal(s) to Town’s continual success as hosts, allowing the free-flowing football to dominate.
Walsall have been strong on their travels, however they’ve scored only seven goals from six games, highlighting it has been their defense which has been crucial to their success. The problem for Walsall is Town’s attacking line is improving week-on-week and certain to add to the 14 scored at the County Ground so far.
Final-score: 2-1 to Swindon
Come on You Reds!