Barnsley remain very well placed for automatic promotion up to the Championship but they will be mindful of the fact that third-placed Sunderland sit just two points behind with a game-in-hand. Indeed the Tykes may be flying high in then division but they remain some way behind table-topping Luton Town with five points currently separating the two sides. Daniel Stendel’s men have lost just five games this season thus far although they head into this match on the back of two successive goal-less draws, the spoils being shared with Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers in what has been a disappointing downturn.
With Luton Town slipping-up of late, Barnsley have been unable to take full advantage and they are in real danger of dropping out of the automatic promotion places should they fail to turn things around. The trip to Walsall couldn’t have come at a better time and the Tykes will be confident that they can return to winning ways against one of the League One strugglers.
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Walsall remain very much in the danger zone with just three points separating them from the bottom three in League One. Dean Keates’ men have lost their last two outings and they will be desperate to put further ground between themselves and the drop zone. Nevertheless we don’t fancy their chances against a Barnsley side which have been generally impressive this term and an away win looks very much to be in order on Saturday afternoon, BetVictor Bookmakers going 14/5 on Barnsley to win and both teams to score.