Walsall desperate for points after barren spell

By Tom Reyer

Walsall head to Stadium MK seeking their first league win in four games.

Walsall currently sit 16th in the League One table, whilst MK Dons lie two places above in 14th. Both sides have struggled to pick up any momentum recently and The Dons enter the tie following back to back defeats.

MK Dons midfielder Alex Gibley revealed his thoughts on The Dons’ recent poor form and told the club’s website: “Portsmouth was very disappointing so we know we need to go again on Tuesday and we need to win.

“We’re lucky in this sport where games come thick and fast. We’ve got to forget about this one and go into Tuesday’s game looking to get three points.”

Victory for Walsall could see them leave a bit of daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, as they are currently just three points adrift of Wimbledon in 21st. MK Dons could potentially see themselves one point off the play-off spots with a win, if results go their way.

The previous game between these two teams was one to forget for Walsall. The game ended in a 4-1 defeat for the Saddlers at the Bescot Stadium.

MK Dons right back Callum Brittain has been one of their top performers this season. However, it remains to be seen whether he will be match fit for the game. Manager Robbie Neilson stated at his pre match that the defender was still receiving treatment on the injury he sustained in Saturday’s defeat to Portsmouth.

Walsall have received a double fitness boost prior to the clash against MK Dons. Adam Chambers and Zeli Ismail are now both available for selection, following reports that they may not be 100 per cent.

Zeli Ismail has played for both clubs, appearing nine times for The Dons during the 2012/2013 season. Also, Dons’ Paul Downing made 183 appearances for Walsall during August 2012 – June 2016. However, Downing is currently on loan at Blackburn.

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