Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League Two action at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Barrow v Walsall
Saturday 24th October 2020, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two
Walsall pitch up at The Progression Solicitors Stadium this weekend looking to protect an unbeaten league run which stretches back to the tail end of last season.
The Saddlers are undefeated in their last 12 League Two outings, though they have drawn five of their seven league fixtures so far during 2020/21.
A well-run and professional organisation, Walsall were strongly placed to deal with the financial impact of the pandemic and, in Darrell Clarke, they have one of the most astute and well-respected managers in the lower divisions.
They were relegated from League One at the end of 2018/19 but they were just starting to fully find their feet when last term came to a premature close so they will be hoping they can have a real say nearer the top of the table this time around.
One To Watch
Front man Elijah Adebayo has enjoyed an encouraging start to the 2020/21 campaign and has already found the net three times for The Saddlers since football resumed.
The 6ft 4ins powerhouse joined Walsall during the summer of 2019 and scored eight times during his debut season so looks on course to eclipse that this time around if he can maintain his form.
Adebayo came through the ranks at Fulham where he started as an Under-9 but, after a series of loan moves, he was released by The Cottagers and signed a deal with Walsall.
Head To Head
This weekend’s game will represent the 33rd competitive meeting between the two sides but the first since back in February 1970.
The Saddlers have the edge historically, did the league double over Barrow last time the clubs shared a division in 1969/70 and you have go back to April 1936 for the last Bluebirds triumph in this fixture.
Vastly-experienced former Premier League official Robert Madley will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s game at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
Madley returned to refereeing at the start of the year after spending several seasons in the top flight and will be rated as one of the top officials in the EFL this term.
So far he’s overseen four fixture during 2020/21, the most recent coming in midweek when he watched Hull City defeat AFC Wimbledon 1-0 on home turf.
The bookies are finding the two teams difficult to split and have installed Barrow as marginal favourites as 29/20; Walsall are a 7/4 shot right now and a draw is offered at odds of 9/4.
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – Season Ticket holders will have been emailed a unique code in order to gain free access to the stream.
You can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while oversea supporters pay £7.
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe all the action as it unfolds.
You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.