I don’t really do previews of games but I’m going to make an exception for Walsall’s trip to Meadow Lane this weekend. This has very little to do with the game on Saturday and everything to do with a game that took place last night. In case you aren’t aware of the story, here’s a little background. Juventus opened their new stadium last night - a welcome replacement for the hugely unpopular Stadio delle Alpi - and marked the occasion with a match against Notts County, the club who famously provided ‘The Old Lady’ with her black and white stripes.
Richard Williams has an excellent piece in today’s Guardian about the match and while reading it this morning it suddenly struck me that this provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for a preview of a Walsall match that contains a number of sentences that I never thought I would ever get the chance to write. For instance:
Notts County got a good result against Juventus on Thursday night but Walsall will provide much tougher opposition.
And how about:
County manager Martin Allen rested striker Lee Hughes for the first half against Juventus, doubtless with one eye on Saturday’s tricky-looking fixture at home to Walsall.
This is brilliant! Right, one more:
Lee Hughes may have beaten Alex Manninger to score a late equaliser against Juventus but he will have a much more difficult task against Jimmy Walker/David Grof and his Walsall teammates on Saturday.
There they are - preserved for all eternity on the internet!
Seriously though, it will be interesting to see how County follow up last night’s game - the match against the Saddlers comes barely 36 hours after their trip to Turin. Will they be inspired by the experience or will the journey have taken its toll? One thing’s for certain, the game also gives Walsall a little more to play for. Because if they can get something from the game then they will officially be better than the two-time European Champions.
That’s how it works. Oh yes.