Barnsley

V

Oakwell

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Fulham

V

Oakwell

27/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Fulham are looking to take advantage of the reduced league fixture this list this weekend thanks to the FA Cup and break into the playoff places whilst for Barnsley it is all about easing relegation woes as North meets South in one of only four Championship games this Saturday.

Last time: In October 2016, Fulham headed up the M1 to Oakwell and came back down it again with all three points thanks to four away goals and Barnsley’s Josh Scowen seeing red in the 67th minute, giving Fulham a well deserved 2-4 win.

This time: Barnsley are 12/5 to win with Fulham at 21/20 and the draw 5/2

You might remember: That 2-4 result above was full of intrigue and action and the most intense affair meeting between the two sides, with goals and cards on show aplenty, it was certainly a game for the thrill seeker.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Barnsley haven’t won at Oakwell since early November

Two teams with two very different goals in mind meet at Barnsley’s traditional Oakwell stadium in a game that gives both teams an opportunity to take advantage over their non-playing rivals due to the FA Cup fourth round fixtures.

Barnsley are 12/5 to win the match and such long odds for a home side is testament to their opponent’s recent performances. However, Paul Heckingbottom’s Tykes are no fools themselves and after holding run away league leaders Wolves to a draw at Oakwell and claiming a 1-0 away win at Sunderland this month, it makes Barnsley a dangerous prospect and more than capable of delivering despite their odds.

Fulham are 21/20 to win and that is no surprise. Many people may fancy this in their accumulators at odds against mainly because with 17 goals in their last six, no team is currently as prolific in front of goal as the Cottagers. Having hit the road just once so far in January, Fulham managed a late 1-0 win over Middlesbrough and that puts them in good stead as they head north once more.

The draw is 5/2 and that would certainly suit a Barnsley side desperate for any points to help guide them further away from a relegation battle. The Tykes currently sit just two points above the drop zone and having picked up fourteen points from fourteen games at home this season, that suggests a draw is a distinct possibility.

A double chance of a draw or Fulham is at 1/3 and although that may be relatively short, it still offers value for a solid bank of insurance. Barnsley’s home form has been poor with only three wins on home soil making them 21st in the form table. By contrast Fulham sit sixth in the away table and have scored the joint most amount of goals on the road this season (23 with Middlesbrough).

Fulham to keep a clean sheet is 9/4 and as Barnsley have found the back of the net only once in their last four home games, it looks like a very smart way to go. Fulham have also only conceded twice in 2018 and on current form it is hard to look past them as they keep another opponent shut out.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A dominant Fulham display. The Cottagers have hit form at the right time and have been unforgiving in front of goal whilst being mean at the back. Jokanovic has his side playing like a Premier League elect team and there is little to suggest that will change this weekend.

Fulham to score over 2.5 goals is 11/4 and with 11 goals in their last three games, the Cottagers have been averaging a barnstorming 3.6 goals per Championship game in 2018.

2

We fancy:

Over 2.5 goals in the game and Fulham to win is at 2/1 and with the prolific Ryan Sessegnon in the Fulham ranks, one may need an abacus to count the goals as they fly in.

The 2/1 does however protect you should the Tykes find a way through the staunch Fulham defence but either way at least three goals in this game and the away win looks the smartest bet of the weekend.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Fulham to follow up their 6-0 hammering of Burton last week with another cricket score of the same magnitude is a whopping 200/1. Granted, Fulham are the away side, but they are capable, and it is called a long shot for a reason.

However, if it comes in you would be kicking yourself you didn’t put at least a quid down.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!