Barnsley vs AFC Wimbledon Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Barnsley vs AFC Wimbledon predictions for Saturday’s League One fixture at Oakwell. Having made a pleasing start to the new campaign, the visitors will be looking for another promising result, though that will be anything but easy. Continue reading below for all our free predictions and tips.
Reason For Barnsley vs AFC Wimbledon Betting Tips
After springing into life this season, winning each of their opening two fixtures in convincing fashion, Barnsley will be looking to continue building momentum when they welcome AFC Wimbledon, who’ve also made a pleasing start to the campaign, to Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.
Barnsley fans would’ve been hoping the Tykes’ opening-day victory wasn’t a flash in the pan, and as their side went to Valley Parade and comfortably beat a team who played very well on match-day one, they may just have got what they were hoping for. Daniel Stendel’s men delivered another commanding performance, especially in the final third, as they brushed aside a reasonably useful Bradford side.
Just as they did against Oxford on match-day one, Barnsley started quickly against the Yorkshire rivals; they showed attacking intent, while their end-product certainly wasn’t lacking. What’s more, the Tykes came under very little pressure at the back. With another pleasing performance under their belts, the hosts will go into this third league match full of confidence.
Though less explosive, Wimbledon have also made a pleasing start to the campaign. They beat Fleetwood on their travels first time out, while a 0-0 draw at home against Coventry last time out wasn’t the worst result. As was likely to be the case, Neal Ardley’s men give little away, while they’re certainly not easy to beat. The Dons are one of just two teams to have avoided conceding so far this season. Barnsley are the other one, so unless the pair draw 0-0 at the weekend, the Dons, if they get their tactics right at Oakwell, could go into match-day four as the only team in the division to keep three consecutive clean sheets.
They’re unlikely to be flashiest side, while they probably won’t go mad in terms of goals scored this season, though Wimbledon are anything but easy to beat. Not only do they concede few goals, but they generally do a good job of nullifying their opponents. After the opening two matches, only three teams have conceded less shots than Ardley’s men, while only five have conceded less shots on target.
This is a match between the two best defensive teams in terms of goals conceded, though something should give. Wimbledon won’t be easy to break down, while they’re unlikely to be too adventurous as they try to stop an attack that is already starting to look menacing at this level. That said, in terms of overall quality, Barnsley have more of it, especially in the final third. It could be tight, and it’s unlikely to be anywhere near as convincing as their first two wins, but the hosts are backed to have enough about them to come out on top eventually. ‘Barnsley to Win & Under 3.5 Goals’ gets the nod at the prices.
Head to Head
Neither team has dominated this fixture. Wimbledon have won six of the 19 renewals, while Barnsley have won seven. That said, Barnsley have lost just one of the last five renewals. This will be the first time that the two teams have met since 2002.
Barnsley Team News
New signing Jordan Williams didn't feature last week, but could come in here, while the likes of Kieffer Moore and Mamadou Thiam should come back in after being rested for the mid-week cup game.
AFC Wimbledon Team News
Wimbledon didn't start Kwesi Appiah when playing in the League Cup on Tuesday night, though the striker should come back into the starting XI here.
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Barnsley vs AFC Wimbledon Stats
- Only three teams have conceded less shots than Wimbledon in League One this season.
- Barnsley have conceded less shots on target than any other team in the third division this season.
- Barnsley have managed more shots on target than any other team in League One this season.
- 75% of Barnsley and Wimbledon’s combined League One matches this season have seen less than four goals go in.
Published: August 17, 2018
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