Barnsley gained revenge for the 2-0 home defeat they suffered at Walsall’s hands in October by beating them 3-1 at the Bescott Stadium in early March and they’re favoured to make it two wins from three this term when the pair line-up at Oakwell on Saturday, BetVictor.com installing them as their 7/5 jollies.
The basis for Barnsley’s status as favourites is their incredible run since the turn of the year; the Tykes have lost just three of their 26 league fixtures this calendar year, whereas Walsall have stuttered of late, winning just three of their last seven matches.
None the less, the Saddlers, who finished the season ten points clear of Barnsley and missed out on automatic promotion by a single points, are 2/1 (Paddy Power) to emulate their October victory. It’s worth noting that Walsall registered more away victories (13) than any other League One side this season; they may have stumbled recently but remain a very good side.
Punters who concur will undoubtedly be tempted by Boylesports’ 5/2 chalked against the draw, or perhaps the 6/1 offered by Skybet for it to finish one apiece. Backers expecting Barnsley’s impressive 2016 form to carry them to the Championship may be tempted by Betfred’s 13/2 odds marked in favour of a 1-0 home win.
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