Opposition Scouting Report: Walsall
The Capital One Cup or the Football League Cup as it is known is back. The defending champions Chelsea look set to kick off their campaign against Walsall.
Walsall are currently plying their trade in the third division of the English football tier, and they have been doing pretty good there as they have won 5 matches and drawn once in their previous eight encounters. Meanwhile, Chelsea are going strong after two consecutive victories for the first time in this season as they beat Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal in one of the most fiercest London derby encounters of the recent times. So without much ado let’s have a look at the opponents for the forthcoming meeting.
The club was founded in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts, an amalgamation of Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. The club was one of the founder members of the Second Division in 1892 but have spent their entire existence outside English football’s top division; their highest league finish was fourteenth in Division Two in 1961–62. Their first match at Wembley Stadium was the 2015 League Trophy Final, which they lost to Bristol City.
Walsall moved into their Bescot Stadium in 1990, having previously played at nearby Fellows Park for almost a century. The ground is known as Banks’ Stadium for sponsorship purposes. The team plays in a red and white kit, and their club crest features a swift. The club’s nickname, “The Saddlers”, reflects Walsall’s status as a traditional center for saddle manufacturer.
Walsall are having a mixed start to the season. They drew their previous match against Peterborough as both the teams shared a goal. Their previous victory came against Doncaster
Rovers in which they scored twice and did not concede any goal. Previously, they lost twice against Bury and Morecambe as they failed to score a goal.
Form Guide: W-L-L-W-D
Injuries and Suspensions:
As for Walsall, there aren’t any injuries or suspensions. So, the Walsall unit could use their full squad to surprise the Champions that could be symbolic for them. Also, Milan Lalkovic and Neil Ethridge, the two ex- Chelsea players could be set for a start against their previous clubs. Unfortunately, both the players never made it to the big stage and eventually went down the pecking order.
Key Player: Adam Chambers
Adam Chambers is the captain of the Walsall side and has been a key cog in the middle of the park. The veteran can occupy the spot of a defensive midfielder, central midfielder and also a right back. But, the destroyer role is his specialty, and the Englishman needs to go all guns blazing if he wants his side to pull off this shocker.
Mourinho has confirmed the return of club captain John Terry and loanee Radamel Falcao into the first team squad. The cup match could mark the debut of new signing Baba Abdul Rahman in English football as he would occupy the left back spot that could mean that Cesar Azpilicueta occupying his conventional right back spot.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek would want to pick up from where he left off against the Maccabi game. This game looks to be a confidence booster for Chelsea as it could mean three victories on the trot which provides Chelsea a huge psychological boost.
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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