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PREVIEW: WALSALL (A)

9 January 2015

The Iron are on the road to Walsall on Saturday hoping to extend their unbeaten run to eleven matches and continue their climb up the League One table.

United were back in action on Tuesday after a short break and drew 2-2 against divisional rivals Chesterfield in the FA Cup third round.

Saturday’s game will see the Iron return to league action for the first time since their Boxing Day win against Rochdale at Glanford Park and their first of 2015.

Scunthorpe’s trip to the Banks's Stadium will not be an easy one though, with the Saddlers only losing two of their last ten league matches.

The West Midlands side have also enjoyed a good run in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season and won 2-0 in midweek, putting them in with a great chance of reaching the Wembley final.

Mark Robins has a strong squad to choose from and has managed to bring in a couple of new additions during the week, strengthening his options further.

Winger Jacob Murphy joins from Norwich on loan and striker Tom Hooper also joins the Iron on loan, arriving from Leicester.

Both players could make their debuts at Walsall and they could be joined in the squad by fellow loanee Liam O’Neil who was cup-tied during midweek.

The Iron will be hoping to do the double over the Saddlers after winning the reverse fixture 2-1 at Glanford Park, with goals from Gary McSheffrey and Hakeeb Adelakun.

The last trip to the Bescot Stadium was a memorable one for United as they secured a 4-1 win back in the 2012/13 League One campaign.

A Niall Canavan brace as well as goals from Mark Duffy and Leon Clarke won the Iron the match, despite playing 45 minutes with ten men after David Prutton’s sending off.

Out of a total of 41 meetings between the sides there is little to separate the two teams, with both winning 13 games each and drawing 15.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to the Banks's Stadium to see if the Iron can continue their climb up the League One table, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.


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