Holker Street is the venue for a clash of two midtable League Two teams on Saturday afternoon as 14th place Barrow are set to host 8th placed AFC Wimbledon.
The Hosts have had a mixed start to their campaign and have slipped into the bottom half of the league Two table. In their 12 league games so far this season, the Bluebirds have recorded four wins, five draws and three defeats.
Pete Wild’s side are without a win in their last three league outings and have only recorded one win in their last eight outings in all competitions.
Last time out, Barrow gained a point in the most unlikely of circumstances as they came from 2-0 behind heading into stoppage time after Max Dean’s first-half double. But Ben Whitfield came off the bench to halve the deficit in the third minute of added time before Emile Acquah’s stunning 95th-minute strike stole a share of the spoils at Stadium MK.
AFC Wimbledon currently find themselves in 8th place in the League Two table, just one point adrift of the playoff places. The Dons have amassed 21 points from their 13 league outings, following five wins, six draws and just two defeats.
Wimbledon were narrowly defeated by Bardford in their last League outing. The Bantams took the lead in the 62nd minute through substitute Michael Osadebe. Osadebe was able to finish well from close range after Andy Cook had done well to create the chance. AFC Wimbledon pressed for an equaliser in the second half, but Bradford were able to defend resolutely and hold on for the win.
The fixture of Barrow vs Wimbledon is a relatively new one, with the sides having only met on three occasions in competitive settings. The sides first met in 2020 in the FA Cup, where Wimbledon progressed in the competition via a penalty shootout.
It was Barrow who recorded a victory in both fixtures during last season's League Two campaign. In both outings the teams were evenly matched, with only one goal separating the sides in both meetings as Barrow recorded 1-0 and 2-1 victories.
Unsurprisingly, given their superior form as of late, it is AFC Wimbledon who come into this weekend’s clash as favourites, and are currently priced @ 7/5, whilst a home win for Barrow is priced @ 9/5 and a draw is @ 9/4.
We are backing Barrow to win and Under 3.5 goals in the game. This is due to the recent history of this fixture being littered with tight games. None of the three competitive meetings of the sides have had over 3.5 goals and we believe that Barrow may just have the edge in the meeting due to the home field advantage.