The HT/FT market could be the best way to attack this League One encounter.
Walsall v Southend - Saturday 15:00
Southend are seven unbeaten since switching to 4-4-2, although they were left disappointed with a 1-1 draw at home to Swindon in midweek. The Shrimpers grabbed an early lead against their bogey side and appeared to be in control but contrived to squander the opportunity to draw level with sixth-placed Peterborough in a sloppy second half.
The result serves as a reminder that Phil Brown’s men aren’t in the same echelon as the four teams who have cut loose at the top, despite the blistering standards set over the past six weeks in trying to rectify an horrendous start. When results are charted against opponents’ current league position rather than viewed in chronological order, it’s been a real mixed bag.
So we shouldn’t assume the Essex boys are a shoo-in to dispatch lowly Walsall, even though the overall shot data suggests they ought to be favourites. The Saddlers might be eight places below the visitors but the difference is only five points and their results have been just as erratic. Between them, the two teams have won a dozen matches, lost a dozen matches and drawn 13.
In short, this could be the archetypal game of two halves. Walsall’s nine home games so far have produced eight different half-time scores, eight different full-time scores and six of the possible nine half time/full time options. So let’s play that market, and split a point between the Walsall/Draw and Southend/Draw wagers, both of which are chalked up at 16/1.