Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
After surviving West Bromwich Albion in their Championship opener, Blackburn Rovers will look to produce yet another fine performance when they take on Walsall in the EFL Cup round 1. The Riversiders continue life without key attacker Ben Brereton Diaz and, in his absence, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be talented striker Harry Leonad, who opened his goal-scoring account at the weekend. Fellow attacker Sam Gallagher should miss out with injury.
The Saddlers, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-1 loss to Morecambe in their League Two opener and seeing that Blackburn have turned their Riverside Stadium into a real fortress, home win should be considered. Even though there are no fresh injury worries in the away team, but talented forward Douglas James-Taylor should sneak into the starting eleven. In their last meeting a in a competitive match Blackburn defeated Walsall 2-1.
Highlighted Team (Walsall):
Founded in 1888, Walsall are a professional club that play home matches at Bescot Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 11,300 people and it was opened in 1990. Nicknamed the Saddlers, Walsall footballers wear red shirts and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while black is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Walsall played out a goalless draw with Aston Villa on April 9, 1888 in their first ever game, with the team recording their biggest win on March 4, 1899 against Darwen (10-0). The Saddlers suffered their biggest defeat on December 17, 1892 as they were beaten by Small Heath 12-0.
Walsall fans consider wolverhampton wanderers the club’s biggest rivals, but the Saddlers have rivalries with Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale as well as the two clubs are only 30 miles away from Walsall. Crystal Palace centre-back Scott Dann is one of the most notable footballers who played for the Bescot Stadium.