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Match Preview | Walsall (A)

15 December 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Walsall (A)

15 December 2023

Tranmere Rovers take their good form on the road to Walsall this Saturday, 16th December (3pm kick-off).

Nigel Adkins’ side are unbeaten in their last five league matches and saw off Newport County 2-1 last weekend thanks to Connor Jennings’ 88th minute goal. 

Opponents Walsall are 16th in League Two but picked up their first win in seven games on Saturday, 2-1 against Notts County at Meadow Lane. 

Just three points separate Rovers in 21st and the Saddlers, marking a big opportunity for both sides to push up the table. 


Team news: 

Every player in the squad trained on Thursday, except for Luke Norris who is recovering from ankle surgery. 

Paul Lewis and Joe Starbuck are back involved with the group but aren’t quite ready to return to match action. 


Last time out:  


Last five meetings:     

14th January 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Walsall - League Two  

SCORERS - Hawkes 

24th September 2022 - Walsall 0-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS: Nevitt 

12th February 2022 - Walsall 1-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  


7th August 2021 - Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Walsall - League Two  

SCORERS - McManaman 

13th April 2021 - Walsall 1-0 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  



One to watch: Oisin McEntee 

Oisin McEntee’s crucial brace against Notts County helped Walsall end their disappointing run of form in the league that has seen them fall to 16th. 

The 22-year-old isn’t associated with his goalscoring, but this season has played higher up than usual, growing into a role in the centre of midfield after previously playing in defence. 

He has contributed five goals this season in all competitions, as well as four assists and a consistent run of displays in the heart of the pitch. 

The Irishman joined the youth setup at Newcastle United when he was 16, captaining their under-18 side. He represented his country at the under-17 European Championship in 2018. 


Manager: Mat Sadler 

38-year-old Sadler is in his first managerial role at Walsall, the Club he ended his career with in 2022. 

He played for the Saddlers twice, firstly between 2011-2012 and then from 2019 until his retirement. 

Sadler took over at the Poundland Bescot Stadium at the end of last season as interim boss, before being offered the role permanently in May. 



Referee - Alan Young 

Assistant Referees - Declan O’Shea & Simon Shaw 

Fourth Official - Daniel Flynn 


Young last refereed Rovers in our 3-2 loss at Crawley Town in September. 



We received an initial allocation of 669 tickets for this fixture.   

We encourage supporters to collect their tickets from The Club Store before 4pm on Friday 15th December.  

Collections will also be available on matchday from window five of the ticket office at Walsall.  


Tickets will be available to purchase on the day for the following prices:   



Over 60’s  


Under 21  


Under 18  



Wheelchair users can buy tickets through our website. Tickets will be sold as per the age-related price band, with a free carer ticket.  

Please note the Poundland Bescot Stadium is a cashless stadium.  

Car parking is available at the stadium. It costs £7 for cars, £12 for minibuses, and £15 for coaches.  

Official Club Coach travel has sold out for this fixture. The coach will depart Prenton Park at 11.15am.  

Please note that refunds on coach travel are not permitted after 48 hours prior to the game.   

Tickets can be bought online by clicking here or in The Club Store.  


Match coverage:     

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!      

UK-based supporters can listen to full match commentary for as little as £1 per game by getting a monthly audio pass here.      

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.      


X: @tranmererovers        

Facebook: @trfcofficial        

Instagram: @tranmererovers        


Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 

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