The Poundland Bescot stadium is the venue for a mid-table clash in the Sky Bet League Two as Walsall are set to host Barrow on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts have struggled to convert winning positions into three points as of late and have slipped down the League two table into 14th position. The Saddlers are without a win in their last eight league games, with their last win coming on New Year's Day against Mansfield.
Michael Flynn’s side have drawn their last six games and have failed to score in four of their last seven outings. It will be a tough task to score this weekend as Barrow have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three league games.
Last weekend, Walsall had to settle with a point as two last-gasp goals earned Hartlepool an unlikely 3-3 home draw against the Saddlers. Walsall led 3-1 in the 90th minute, before conceding 91st and 92nd-minute goals.
The Walsall boss, Micheal Flynn was openly critical of his defence following the game against Hartlepool, as they conceded twice in injury time. However, Flynn believes his Walsall players have the ability to bounce back from the disappointment of a draw at Hartlepool against Barrow.
Barrow have been making steady progress in the league and now find themselves inside the top half of the table in 11th position. The Bluebirds are currently 6 points off the playoff places and with 12 games left in the season, they will feel like there is still a distant chance of making a late bid for a place in the top six.
The Bluebirds are undefeated in their last three outings, recording impressive victories against Bradford and Stockport. These results were particularly impressive as both sides are in the playoff places and were in the midst of winning runs when they faced Barrow.
Pete Wild’s side had another tough task on Tuesday evening as they hosted Salford, who are also in playoff contention. Barrow’s night was made a much more difficult task when Salford took an early lead through a Ryan Watson penalty.
Barrow started the second period with more intensity and soon drew level through an unfortunate Theo Vassell own goal. Barrow could have snatched victory at the finish as substitute Billy Waters was denied by the Salford keeper, but the game ended 1-1.
The Saddlers are without a win in their last five meetings against Barrow, having lost two and drawn three. The last time that Walsall recorded a home win over Barrow came in 1969 in the then division three.
Barrow narrowly edged out a tight affair when these two sides met in the reverse fixture at the start of the campaign. Two early Barrow goals from Tyrell Warren and Sam McClelland provided the Bluebirds with an unassailable lead as the game ended 2-1. Barrow could complete a Football League double over Walsall for the first time since 1931-32.
Walsall are home favourites at the bookies ahead of this clash and are currently priced @ 6/5, whilst an away win for Barrow is priced @ 23/10.
We are backing Barrow to win and under 2.5 goals in the match because of their impressive league form paired with their recent domination of this fixture. The Bluebirds have picked up 7 points out of the last 9 available, all of which came against sides who are above them in the league.