Barnsley

V

Oakwell

13/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

Wolverhampton Wanderers

V

Oakwell

13/01/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: League leaders Wolves will travel to Yorkshire confident of returning home with all three points.

Last time: A 3-1 win for Wolves, in which Alex Mowatt was sent off for Barnsley. They also won the meeting at Molineux earlier this season 2-1. Alfred N’Diaye got the winner in stoppage time back in September.

This time: Barnsley are 22/5 to win with Wolves at 3/4 and the draw 14/5.

You might remember: Barnsley winning 4-0 when the teams met in 2016, despite not opening the scoring until the 73rd minute. Conor Hourihane, Adam Hammill, Saidy Janko and Tom Bradshaw got the goals that day.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Leo Bonatini celebrates scoring earlier in the season

With these two sides at opposite ends of the table and in contrasting form, it’s very hard to see anything other than an away win here. Wolves are unbeaten in their last 12 league games, whereas Barnsley have only won one of their last six.

Barnsley are 22/5 to win it and as they have the Championship’s third-worst home record, it’s very hard to make a case for them winning here. They have won just three matches at Oakwell this season, and two of those were in August. The other was against lowly Birmingham, so their price to beat Wolves is more than fair.

Wolves are 3/4 to take all three points and deservedly so. They have the best away record in the division, and have won nine of their 13 matches on the road. This includes winning five and drawing one of their last six away from Molineux.

The draw is 14/5 and Barnsley have tied three of their last five league matches. They have also drawn more matches than they have won at Oakwell in the Championship this season. If the home side are to get anything then this is surely the best they can hope for.

Tom Bradshaw is 37/10 to score anytime, or 9/1 to open the scoring. He is Barnsley’s top scorer with eight league goals, and has scored in the Tykes’ last two home wins in the Championship. He hasn’t scored at home since November, so is certainly due a goal.

Leo Bonatini is 19/5 to score the first goal of the game, or 6/4 to score at any time in the match. The Brazilian is the joint-third top scorer in the Championship, but hasn’t scored in his last seven matches. He will fancy his chances of getting back on the goal trail here.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The card count. Both teams had a man sent off in the FA Cup last weekend, and in total there have been five red cards in Wolves’ last six matches in all competitions. Barnsley also had a man sent off the last time these two teams met at Oakwell.

2

We fancy:

Wolves to win to nil, at 7/4. The leaders have kept seven clean sheets on the road, which is the most in the Championship. Only Birmingham and Burton have scored fewer home goals than Barnsley this season, so these stats all add up to Wolves winning to nil.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Wolves to win 4-0, at 33/1. That looks a great price for what appears to be a mismatch on the pitch. The visitors have scored four-or-more goals the joint-most times in the Championship this season, and this could easily be another occasion where they do just that.

Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.