Preview: Walsall vs Barnsley

Barnsley will be hoping to continue their 18-league-game unbeaten streak as they face League One strugglers Walsall on Saturday.

The Tykes, who are currently second in the league, are without top-scorer Kieffer Moore who is out for the season, but will be hopeful that they can keep up their form.

Walsall will be hungry for a win after losing their previous game against third place Sunderland, which saw them slip into the relegation zone on goal difference.

Assistant manager spoke Dale Tonge spoke to the media in a press conference today: “It’s a crucial game, it is for them at the same time. They were excellent here and one of the toughest teams we’ve faced.

“They were outstanding on the day and made it difficult for us to play and it’s something we’ll look to counteract this time.

“I know Dean will have them fired up for the game, it’s just a case of who will turn up on the day.”

Barnsley Setbacks

Promotion-chasing Barnsley have had two high-profile injury setbacks, with star striker Moore being advised to sit out the season at the end of last month and the recent news about Kenny Dougall may knock the Reds confidence.

The Australian international revealed in an instagram post on Sunday that he attempted to play on through Barnsley’s match against Doncaster last weekend with a broken leg.

Meanwhile, midfielder Cameron McGeehan will be available for selection after his three-match ban for violent conduct in the 3-0 win over Southend United ended.

The international break also means that Barnsley keeper Adam Davies isn’t available.

Head to Head

Walsall are winless against Barnsley since 2015, when the Saddlers won 2-0, while Barnsley are unbeaten at Walsall since 2014.

The Saddlers have lost four of their last six home matches, and are enduring a tough run of fixtures, with four of their last five games being against teams in the top half of the division.

Meanwhile, Barnsley will be looking to get back to winning ways after two disappointing 0-0 draws.

From the stands

Bobby Fletcher, Walsall fan, prediction: Walsall 1-0 Barnsley

“We’ve had a tough run of games, but the performances have picked up in recent weeks. It’s so tight in the bottom half of the league but we have nothing to worry about if we keep playing the way we have been.”

Luke Roby, Barnsley fan, prediction: Walsall 0-2 Barnsley

“I’m going to say 2-0 with Cauley and Woodrow getting both, he’s been quiet lately and needs a goal to boost his confidence. Our number one is on international duty so it’s time for Walton to step up.

“I’m still confident we can finish second, Sunderland don’t play league football for a few weeks so it’s our chance to build a gap. I’m certain we can finish second without a doubt.”

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