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Bescot Stadium (ATT 3,964) 6th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Boyeson

Walsall Walsall vs Carlisle United Carlisle

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Walker: Faces late test for Saddlers

Walker: Faces late test for Saddlers

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Walsall and Carlisle at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall will assess both Adam and James Chambers as well as Jimmy Walker.

Adam and twin brother James have been sidelined for over a month with hamstring and thigh injuries respectively but will be handed fitness tests by the Saddlers in the build-up to the encounter.

Reserve goalkeeper Walker (thigh) will also be monitored but is unlikely to oust Karl Darlow from the number one spot.

Otherwise, manager Dean Smith is not expected to have any new injury problems to contend with.

Tuesday's 2-1 setback against Leyton Orient was Walsall's first defeat on home soil since the opening day of the league season, and they will be determined to put that right against a Carlisle side whose midweek clash at Bury was postponed.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott could still be tempted to make one or two changes.

Striker Kallum Higginbotham, on loan from Huddersfield, could make his first league start for the Cumbrians, whose scheduled game at Bury on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Abbott, who wants a positive response following last week's home defeat to Crawley, has no new injury or suspension problems, but could also recall summer signing Mike Edwards to the heart of his defence.

Midfielder Liam Noble is pushing for a return to the starting line-up, while Abbott is likely to name teenagers Mark Beck and David Symington on the bench.

Goalkeeper Mark Gillespie is expected to keep Adam Collin among the substitutes following his fine form in recent weeks.

The Cumbrians are looking to avoid a third straight loss after following up their recent Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Tottenham with a 2-0 defeat to Crawley.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Milton Keynes Dons 27 55
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Swindon Town 27 54
4 Preston North End 27 47
5 Chesterfield 27 39
6 Sheffield United 25 39
7 Rochdale 26 38
8 Bradford City 26 37
9 Fleetwood Town 27 37
10 Oldham Athletic 26 37
11 Peterborough United 27 37
12 Doncaster Rovers 26 36
13 Notts County 27 35
14 Port Vale 28 35
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Scunthorpe United 25 33
17 Barnsley 26 32
18 Gillingham 27 31
19 Coventry City 28 31
20 Crewe Alexandra 27 29
21 Colchester United 27 28
22 Crawley Town 28 27
23 Leyton Orient 27 26
24 Yeovil Town 28 25