Walsall are just playing out their remaining games in League One, any chances of making it into the play-offs having long since vanished following what has been a pretty hit-and-miss season for the Saddlers. Their clash with Port Vale on Tuesday evening could see the landscape of League One change however as a home win would spell the end for the Valiants as far as their stay in the third-tier of English football is concerned.
Port Vale have endured a thoroughly miserable campaign and sit four points adrift of safety in the relegation zone with just two games left to play. Two much-needed wins this month have hardly helped their cause and they are now facing up to the very real prospect of life in League Two.
The Potteries side have managed a mere two wins since the turn of the year and this is clearly reflected in their league position. Indeed a point on Tuesday evening would give the Valiants a glimmer of hope heading into the final match of the season, however we’re far from confident of their chances of even managing this.
For their part, Walsall have been far from impressive. A 1-0 defeat to already-relegated Coventry City on Saturday afternoon was indicative of the fact that the Saddlers have little left to play for this season. Their form at the Bescot Stadium has been impressive in recent months however with just a single defeat on home soil since early January. Can they keep this excellent home record intact in their penultimate match of the season? We believe that they can and thus ensure Port Vale’s relegation into League Two.