Walsall v Northampton preview
Last Updated: 26/04/18 6:02pm
Walsall expect to have an unchanged squad for the crucial clash with relegation rivals Northampton.
Back-to-back defeats have left the Saddlers teetering just above the drop zone on goal difference and two points in front of the Cobblers, who arrive at the Banks's Stadium having won their last two games.
Florent Cuvelier and Erhun Oztumer will be hoping for recalls after losing their place in the Walsall team for the previous match. Fellow midfielder Joe Edwards (knee) will not play again this season.
Kevin van Veen could be back in the Northampton starting line-up. The striker was battling a sickness bug and nursing a dead leg last weekend and was only fit enough for a place on the bench against Plymouth.
Midfielder Sam Foley is another player who is vying for a recall having been a substitute in the 2-0 victory against Argyle. Forward Kevin Luckassen is still struggling with a thigh problem and it looks like he will continue to miss out.
In all competitions, Walsall have won four of their last five home games against Northampton (L1).
The Cobblers have won two of the last three meetings between these two sides (L1), as many as they had managed in the previous 11 combined in all competitions.
The Saddlers have lost five of their last six league games at home (W1), failing to net in three of those matches.
Northampton have won back-to-back league games for the first time since January, but have not won two in a row on the road since November 2017.
Erhun Oztumer, who has been directly involved in five of Walsall's last eight league goals (three goals, two assists), has been involved in 21 goals in League One this season (14 goals, 7 assists), his best ever return in a Football League season.
Walsall have a game in hand on all the teams below them in the relegation battle, but that will mean very little if they're beaten by Northampton on Saturday.
The Cobblers have won their last two to give them a chance of survival and could climb out of the relegation zone if they make it three at the Bescot. It's a tough one to call, but I'm backing a narrow home win.
David Prutton predicts: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)