Walsall v Chesterfield Betting Tips: Saddlers can kick-on against relegation candidates

Mar 05 2017

The postponement of Walsall’s fixture last Tuesday turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the extra rest seemed to do the Saddlers plenty of good on Saturday as they recorded a fifth consecutive home victory against an Oldham side who’ve been hard to beat in recent weeks.

With another positive result under their belt, John Whitney’s side are likely to be confident of collecting a further three points when they welcome relegation-threatened Chesterfield to Bescot Stadium on Tuesday night.

Given how well they’ve acquitted themselves in front of a home crowd of late, it’s hard to look past the hosts here. Backing ‘Walsall to Win & Over 1.5 Goals’ is the way to go ahead of this one. Chesterfield may have picked up a couple of decent results lately, but they could find it hard to withstand the pressure against a Walsall team who’ve been thriving on their own patch.

Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Oldham marked five home wins in a row for Walsall. They might be nine points off the top six, but if they can maintain this level of form, then a late challenge for a place in the play-offs isn’t completely out of the question. At Bescot stadium, the Saddlers are scoring plenty of goals and, more importantly, have slipped into a winning rhythm.

Chesterfield may have claimed victory last time out, but beating a Swindon side who’re also struggling to keep their heads above water isn’t exactly anything to shout about and this still doesn’t change the fact that they’re in a hopeless position. The visitors were without a victory in seven matches prior to that narrow win.

Playing on the road has brought the Spireites little joy this season, they’ve won just twice and have lost 12 of their other 17 away from home. Gary Caldwell’s men have avoided defeat in each of their last three on the road, but continue to offer little in the way of attacking threat and are conceding, on average, League One’s fourth-highest number of shots on target per game when playing on their travels. With this in mind, the visiting side could quite easily struggle against a Walsall team who’re finding goals easy to come at home of late.

Not only have each of Walsall’s last five wins at home seen two or more goals go in, but Chesterfield have conceded at least twice in ten of their away matches this season.

All in all, this match represents is a big chance for Walsall to kick-on and maintain their winning run in front of a home crowd.

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