Date: 10th March 2006 at 8:17pm
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Swansea return to league action this weekend as they play hosts to Walsall on a Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium.

Yet another must win game against the struggling Saddlers who are fighting against the drop to League Two.

A win could see us go second while a defeat will mean Oldham will be closing in on us from outside the play-off places.

We’ll be hoping for the same against the Saddlers, as earlier in the season we beat them 5-2, and that was without Trundle.

Vital Quotes:

Kenny Jackett:

”No disrespect to Walsall but we have to be more concerned with ourselves, We have drawn too many games and that has been a frustration.It is still very tight at the top as it has been all season.”

New Signing, Keith Lowe:

“Now they have cleared up I couldn’t wait to get here.

”I’m really looking forward to playing some first-team football and in front of crowds that are much bigger than reserve football.”

Swansea Team News:

Kenny Jackett has eased the defensive problems within his squad slightly with the loan signing of Wolves’ centre back Keith Lowe. He signed on the dotted line at 1pm on Friday and is expected to line-up alongside Monk in defence.

Tom Williams and Rory Fallon are available again after being cup tied in midweek while O’Leary is still serving his suspension.

Ricketts is likely to miss out with a stomach bug which could mean Tate returning to right back, Forbes is also an option there if Jackett wants Tate in midfield. He produced a man of the match performance in midweek.

Jackett is likely to rest Lee Trundle as he’s rated 50-50 so Leon Knight will be given a first team chance.

Fallon and Akinfenwa will compete for a place alongside the former Brighton striker.

The usual casualties are out including Tudur-Jones, Izzy, Austin and Watt.

Player to watch: –

Walsall Team News:

Walsall manager Kevan Broadhurst has selection problems himself as defenderian Roper is out suspended but he hopes to have skipper Chris Westwood back to replace him.

Man Utd loanee Mads Timm is back after a back injury and Paul Devlin is also back following suspension.

Daniel Fox though looks set to miss out again as he is still recovering from a calf injury.

Walsall have been searching for extra attacking options for Sunday’s game in the loan market but they’ve had no luck in bring in a frontman.

Player to watch: –

Match Facts & Stats

Walsall are currently sitting in 21st place, so they’ll be battling for everything to try and stay in League One.

We’ve played Walsall twice this season, once in the league and once in the LDV Vans Trophy.

We were 5-2 winners in the league while in the LDV game it took a penalty shootout to go through after the game ended 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Walsall haven’t scored in the last 3 games ? which included 2 goalless draws against two sides fighting for promotion, Southend and Colchester respectively.

Brentford thrashed them 5-0 at home a month ago and they haven’t won a game this year, their last was on New Years Eve, they beat Blackpool at home 2-0.

They’ve won 2, drawn 6 and lost 10 away, scoring 16 and conceding 31 goals.

Swansea will need to improve their form if they want to play Championship football next season. 4 draws in the last 4 obviously isn’t good enough and need to get back to winning ways – starting from Sunday.

Match Prediction:

Anything less than a win and it’s the playoffs at best for us. We can’t keep drawing games and we should really beat Walsall comfortably. SWANS WIN 2-0.

Next Fixtures:

Tues 14 March
Colchester (a) LDV

Fri 17 March
Brentford (h)