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Match preview: Walsall v Brentford

7 August 2012

New boys set for Saddlers debuts

Walsall boss Dean Smith could hand as many as seven players their debuts when they host Brentford in the Capital One Cup. 

Smith has a fully-fit squad to choose from and he must now decide which, if any, of his new recruits will make their home bow. 

Defenders Dean Holden and Ben Purkiss are vying for places at the back while midfield trio Nicky Featherstone, James Baxendale and Florent Cuvelier are all in contention. 

Winger Cuvelier adds a little Premier League class to Smith's side after joining on loan from Stoke. 

Ashley Hemmings and former Notts County striker Febian Brandy are in line to lead the Walsall attack for the first time. 

Brentford will hand debuts to Tony Craig and Farid El Alagui. 

Craig has joined from Millwall, with fellow defender Karleigh Osborne moving in the opposite direction, while Moroccan striker El Alagui arrived from Falkirk. 

Northern Ireland Under-21 winger Stuart Dallas, signed from Crusaders, is likely to start on the bench. 

Midfield duo Toumani Diagouraga and Adam Forshaw missed Brentford's last friendly, a 4-1 win over Wycombe, with slight knocks but are expected to be available. 

Club captain Kevin O'Connor has made a welcome return to fitness over the summer after missing the last five months of last season with a foot injury.

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