Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth
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Scott Parker’s Bournemouth side set to prove too strong for Barnsley
Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth
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Kick off 3 p.m.
3pts 7-10 general
Carlisle draws without a bet
3pts 10-11 Betfred, BoyleSports
Shrewsbury draw no bet
2pts 11-10 Betfred, BoyleSports
Cheltenham or double chance draw
1pt 20-21 BoyleSports
Barnsley v Bournemouth
Bournemouth paid the price for a jittery January by failing in last season’s Championship promotion race, but they can secure a late 2022 Premier League victory by beating basement boys Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Cherries were in the top two for most of the campaign, but started the year with back-to-back Championship defeats to Luton and at home to Hull, and fell to third place with 19 games remaining.
Parallels are emerging with last season when a wintry wobble – four successive defeats between mid-January and early February – cost them dearly in their promotion bid.
However, the Cherries are seven points better than at the same stage last season and the clash at Barnsley looks like a perfect chance to get back on track.
The Tykes finished fifth last season – one point above Bournemouth – but fell back after the summer departure of manager Valerian Ismael as well as key players Alex Mowatt and Daryl Dike.
Cauley Woodrow’s injury problems have made it even more difficult for Barnsley and confidence must be at rock bottom after a ten-game league run without a win.
Poya Asbaghi’s injured side suffered a 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and another heartbreaking loss is on the cards.
Carlisle v Sutton United
Improved home results have given Carlisle a boost in their battle to avoid relegation from League Two and there could be three more points for the Brunton Park faithful to celebrate when the Cumbrians lock the horns with the Sutton United promotion.
Keith Millen’s wrestlers have taken eight points from their last four home matches and will likely feel they should have had two more after winning the shot count 17-6 in a 0-0 stalemate with Hartlepool in the week last.
They were beaten 3-0 by leaders Forest Green last Saturday – ending a five-game league unbeaten streak – but should have a better chance against Sutton, who is less convincing on the road than at Gander Green Lane .
Sutton has failed to win in his last five road trips and his task at Carlisle is made more difficult by the absence of captain Craig Eastmond, who is starting a three-game suspension.
AFC Wimbledon v Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill admitted his side were below par in a 0-0 draw at Gillingham on Tuesday, but there has been a general improvement in Shrews performance in recent months and the trend could continue with a victory over Wimbledon.
Cotterill’s side have kept three successive clean sheets on their league trips and another clean sheet looks possible against a Wimbledon side weakened by the recent sale of center forward Ollie Palmer to Wrexham.
Fifth-bottom Wombles were toothless in Tuesday’s 2-0 home loss to Ipswich and their struggles could continue.
Cheltenham v Wigan
Wigan’s consistency helped them rise to the top of League One, but the Latics’ seven-game winning streak in all competitions could come to an end at Cheltenham.
Wigan’s last five wins have been single-goal successes, including last Saturday’s unconvincing 3-2 triumph at home to lowly Gillingham.
They are not playing at their peak and could be exposed by Michael Duff’s Cheltenham, who delivered a typically honest performance in last Saturday’s unfortunate 1-0 loss to Rotherham.
Fulham 3-10, Sheff Sea 6-5, Exeter 4-5, Port Vale 4-7
£1 acca returns £8.08 with Betfred
Joel Piroe Hull v Swansea
at 11-2 bet365
Talented Dutch striker Joel Piroe has scored 11 of Swansea’s 28 league goals this season and looks a likely candidate to break the deadlock against Hull.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 2:10 PM, JANUARY 28, 2022