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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Solid defence could swing cup tie in Newport's favour

Walsall have managed only one win in eight matches

Walsall keeper Mark Gillespie hasn't had much protection from his defence this season
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FA Cup first round
S4C, 5.15pm Saturday

There are sufficient flaws in the Walsall defence to suggest that Newport warrant a bet at Rodney Parade.

The Saddlers have mustered only a single clean sheet this season and their fans constantly carp on about the Sky Bet League One team’s inconsistency.

That makes Newport, who are decent at home, a fair bet at 15-8. Neither side is in particularly good form – County have one win in five and Walsall one in eight – but the Welsh side have a solid defensive record at home.

Recommendation
Newport County
1pt 15-8 Betfred, Paddy Power

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Team news
Newport
Wing-back Dan Butler is available after his red card at Notts County was rescinded. Skipper Joss Labadie (hamstring) is a major doubt and Mark O’Brien will undergo a fitness test.

Walsall
Loanee Dan Agyei is ineligible while centre-back James Wilson is suspended. Florent Cuvelier is injured.

Key stat
Walsall have kept one clean sheet in their last 22 competitive matches.

The Saddlers have mustered only a single clean sheet this season
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