Walsall vs Barnsley predictions and betting tips for this Saturday’s League One fixture on March 23rd with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
Barnsley have the meanest defence in League One, but they’ve won just two of their last six games, and they will see this game as the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways. A visit to the Bescott to face relegation-threatened Walsall shouldn’t be a problem for Daniel Stendel’s high-flying Tykes, and they should be able to leave the Midlands with all three points. See our Walsall vs Barnsley predictions below.
Barnsley couldn’t find a way past local rivals Doncaster on TV last Friday, but they will get a second opportunity to impress viewers on Saturday lunchtime as they travel to the Bescott Stadium. The Tykes are still in the driving seat for automatic promotion, and are heavily fancied to return to the Championship at the first time of asking. Injuries have threatened to derail their campaign with Kenny Dougall the latest man to be added to the list of the doubts for this game, although they can welcome back Cameron McGeehan and Jacob Brown, who were both suspended for their trip to the Keepmoat. The Tykes have been impressive at both ends of the field, and the flourishing partnership of Liam Lindsay and Ethan Pinnock has helped them to clock up a hugely impressive defensive record this campaign. On the road, they’ve conceded just 0.95 goals per game, which is an extraordinary feat at this stage of the season. Walsall are struggling, although prior to defeats against Portsmouth and Sunderland, they had gone three unbeaten. The Saddlers cannot be completely written off, and they are likely to play a part in an entertaining fixture, but their lack of firepower against the league’s best defence points to an away win here. The visitors are unbeaten on the road since December 8th, and should be able to continue that record here. Barnsley Win is the first of our League One predictions for Saturday lunchtime.
The return of Cameron McGeehan is likely to add some more creativity to the Barnsley defence, and I expect them to carve Walsall open in this game. The Tykes struggled to create chances against Doncaster during the first half, but I expect them to find it a little easier on Saturday. Walsall went three behind to Portsmouth before mounting a comeback two weeks ago, and conceded multiple times to Bristol Rovers and Burton earlier in the season. They aren’t defensively secure, and Barnsley could grab a few. On the flip side, Dean Keates’ men also carry a threat going forward. Andy Cook could be reinstated from the start here, and they also have a decent ariel presence from corners and free-kicks. Even with Barnsley’s superb defensive record this campaign, they will be tested in these situations, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them breached here. Over 2.5 Goals is the second of our Walsall vs Barnsley betting tips.
Jordan Green has been lively since arriving at the club from Yeovil. He capped off a decent display with a goal against Southend a few weeks ago, and has been very unlucky not to add to his tally. He probably should have found the net since that first strike for his new club, and with the goals being shared around in recent weeks, he perhaps represents some value in this market. The 24-year old is still developing, but he has five goals (across two clubs) for the season, and his energy could give the Walsall back-line something to think about here. Jordan Green to Score Anytime is the third of our League One betting tips for this televised tie.
It’s no surprise to see Barnsley quoted at a short odds-on price for this game. They can be backed at 7/10 for success in this match, and will be expected to continue their unbeaten run. Doncaster managed to stop them from taking all three points last weekend, and Walsall will be keen to do the same. It’s 11/4 to end all-square, whilst Walsall are 4/1 to leave with all of the points.
It’s 19/20 for Over 2.5 Goals is this game, and many of Walsall’s recent matches have ended this way. Those who believe that defences will come out on top once more can take 17/20 about Under 2.5 Goals.
Cauley Woodrow is a very different player to Keiffer Moore, but he’s mainly been tasked with filling the void left by the striker. He is 3/1 to net the opening goal in this game. The returning Jacob Brown is next in the betting at 9/2 whilst the powerful Mamadou Thiam is available at 6/1. For Walsall, Andy Cook can be backed at 7/1 to break the deadlock.