Southend vs Barnsley predictions and betting tips for this Saturday lunchtime League One match on March 2nd with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
There’s an intriguing League One encounter on Saturday lunchtime as the TV cameras visit Roots Hall to see Southend take on promotion-chasing Barnsley. The Tykes drew 0-0 with Portsmouth last weekend, but missed-penalty aside, they were the better side throughout the game. They’ve been playing relatively well on the road recently, and will be expected to collect three points here. Southend are still amidst an injury crisis, and their lack of numbers may count against them. See our Southend vs Barnsley predictions below.
Barnsley start at a very short price for this game, and I can understand why. However, with the news that Kieffer Moore will miss the rest of the season, and recently dropped points against Oxford, I’m a little sceptical about backing them at such a short price. Southend will also be missing a number of players including Stephen Humphrys, who suffered a fractured eye socked against Accrington, but the likes of Harry Bunn and Rob Kiernan look set to return to the side. The Shrimpers are not in particularly good form, but they have shown plenty of fighting spirit recently, picking up points against Pompey and Accrington. They are battling well, and many of the younger players have stepped up to the plate in recent weeks. Barnsley have plenty of threats going forward, and I can understand why they will be included in many midweek accumulators, but Southend are an unpredictable side and Chris Powell is an astute boss who will have his side ready for this televised tie. This will be an incredibly entertaining game, and there is value in backing Barnsley to shade it. Barnsley to Win by a 1 Goal Margin is available at decent odds, and with Southend losing three of their last four home games by just a solitary strike, this would be my preference. It is the first of our League One betting tips for Saturday lunchtime.
There have been some very entertaining games involving both of these sides in recent weeks. Southend looked hapless at the back against Portsmouth, before mounting a second-half comeback. They also conceded twice to shot-shy Bristol Rovers prior to that. Barnsley have been averaging around 13 shots per game, but showed that they do concede goals on their travels, when shipping two to Oxford. Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon have also netted on their own patch when Barnsley have come to town, and we should witness an absorbing 90 minutes on Saturday lunchtime. Over 2.5 Goals also landed when these sides met in the FA Cup earlier in the campaign and is the second of our Southend vs Barnsley predictions for this weekend.
Barnsley have drawn two consecutive blanks, but they’ve had plenty of efforts in both games. They’ve also come up against solid defences, and Southend aren’t neccessarily known for keeping cleaning sheets. Cauley Woodrow has scored four of Barnsley’s last five goals in League One, and looks the likliest to strike again. He has looked sharp and without Kieffer Moore’s presence, he will have to take the majority of the goalscoring burden. He is the third of our Southend vs Barnsley anytime goalscorer predictions for Saturday.
The Tykes are much-fancied for this tie, and they can be backed at 3/4 to collect three points and take a step closer to promotion. It’s been a long time since Southend won at home, but they can be backed at 7/2 to get back to winning ways at Roots Hall. The draw is available at 11/4.
Southend are likely to approach this game with nothing to lose, and they have a number of talented players, who will provide a threat. Over 2.5 Goals looks slightly overpriced at Evens, whilst a third consecutive low-scoring game for Barnsley is available at 4/5.
Cauley Woodrow provides Barnsley’s main goalscoring threat and is 7/2 to score the first goal of the game in this one. He is followed by Simon Cox, who recently netted a hat-trick against Pompey. He is 13/2 to break the deadlock.