Barnsley v Ipswich Town Betting Tips and Odds – 12/08/17

Barnsley v Ipswich Town Betting Tips and Odds – 12/08/17

Barnsley v Ipswich Town Betting Tips and Odds

In our Barnsley v Ipswich Town betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.


Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town look to continue their stronger start to the new Championship season on Saturday afternoon, as they take on Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley at Oakwell. Barnsley were raided of their key players midway through last season but their manager’s cleverness in tactics and planning has been enough to make them capable of surviving this term with what’s left. Ipswich Town went through a massively disappointing campaign in the previous attempt where Mick McCarthy’s job was on the line, but he remains in charge with another opportunity in his hands, where there’s every chance that they will have learned from last year’s errors. These sides last faced in March, where Ipswich forced through a draw in the dying minutes.

Impressive loanee Tom Lawrence netted in the ninetieth minute to take a point at Oakwell

Paul Heckingbottom has an uphill struggle on his hands this season

Performances from Barnsley were worth watching last season, especially considering how they’d only just been able to clinch promotion from League One. Paul Heckingbottom was the mastermind behind the enticing style of play, but other sides saw this as an advertisement for some of The Tykes’ best players, leading to key players Sam Winnall and Conor Hourihane departing in January to Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa respectively. It didn’t have a positive impact on picking up results in the second half of the term, but Paul Heckingbottom’s organisation had them finishing at a very ambitious fourteenth, which was incredible in their circumstances.

Signings made to fill the gap still left behind by Winnall and Hourihane were crucial, with the club taking the high road in making their ultimate decision. Blackpool midfielder Brad Potts played a key part in his side’s promotion back to League One, even scoring after just three minutes of their crucial play-off victory. Cameron McGeehan was faultless in Luton Town’s stronger performances, making him another clever pick by The Tykes. Other additions were brought in on the form of free transfer, adhering to any potential worries with financial fair play. Barnsley fell to a devastating 3-1 defeat on the opening day but there’s hopes they’ll pick up points here after beating Morecambe 4-3 in the EFL Cup.

Paul Heckingbottom reportedly turned down some tempting offers in order to stay at Barnsley

Ipswich still see Mick McCarthy as the right man for the job at Portman Road

Finishing in the top ten in Mick McCarthy’s previous three attempts made it almost inevitable that they’d finish as high, if not higher, as The Tractorboys had become more capable of reaching the play-offs. It’s still hard to work out exactly what went wrong last season, as everything went in a completely different direction, which saw them take just thirteen wins and sixteen draws from forty-six games, leaving Ipswich with an underwhelming sixteenth place finish. Plenty of low points left Ipswich with no choice but to relieve Mick McCarthy of his duties but they refused to give in to some negative fan reactions, keeping him as their top man for success in the future.

With Mick McCarthy well and truly in this for the long run, he’s rallied his troops for a far more respectable finish this time around. They’ve been clinical in their incomings, signing Rangers attacking duo Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner, as well as Cardiff City players Tom Adeyemi and Emyr Huws. Some deadwood has been cleared too, with a list of seven players making their permanent departures from the club, which includes Christophe Berra, Steven Taylor and Leon Best. The Tractorboys’ fans are already feeling better with this clean slate in place, as they defeated Birmingham City by a goal to nil on the opening day before defeating in-form Luton Town by two goals to nil, taking two desirable clean sheets.

David McGoldrick scored both goals in Ipswich’s EFL Cup victory over Luton Town


If you think Barnsley will get their first Championship win of the season, you can get odds of 31/20 on Bet365. If you’d rather go for a draw between these two sides, odds of 23/10 are available through Betway. If you expect Ipswich Town to continue their strong start to the campaign, odds as high as 2/1 are being provided through BetVictor.

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best priced at 23/10 on Betway) – BET HERE

Both team to score (Best priced at 16/19 on 188Bet) – BET HERE

Tom Bradshaw to score anytime (Best priced at 5/2 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE

See all of our Championship Betting Previews HERE