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Preview: Barrow v Sutton United

22 April 2022

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The Dunes Hotel Stadium

We turn our attentions to the weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of Sutton United's League Two visit to The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

Barrow v Sutton United
Saturday 23rd April 2022, 3pm
The Dunes Hotel Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Sutton United have enjoyed a fantastic first season in the Football League after claiming a historic promotion in 2021/22 when they were crowned National League champions.

Matt Gray’s side were worthy title-winners last term and have rarely looked out of place at the higher level, meaning they are still in with a shout of clinching a second successive promotion.

Indeed, The U’s have run into strong form again in recent weeks and three consecutive victories have moved them within five points of third-placed Port Vale with a game in hand.

One To Watch
David Ajiboye’s goal settled things in Sutton United’s favour when they hosted Barrow at Gander Green Lane back in November and he’s a player who will need watching closely this weekend.

A tricky winger who can also play in a central attacking role, Ajiboye played a key role in last term’s National League success, so fans were delighted when he returned for another spell on loan from Millwall in the summer.

It’s the third time he’s been on loan at Sutton and he’s now passed 100 games for the club.

Head To Head
Barrow are looking to protect an unbeaten record in home games against Sutton United when the sides clash at The Dunes Hotel Stadium this weekend.

The U’s have made seven previous visits to Barrow and have yet to taste victory, with The Bluebirds winning four and three other encounters ending all-square.

Phil Brown’s side will be looking to get another win on Saturday to avenge the 1-0 defeat suffered at Gander Green Lane in November when David Ajiboye scored the only goal.

Referee
Experienced official Ben Toner will be the man in the middle for this weekend’s contest against Sutton United at The Dunes Hotel Stadium.

It will be Toner’s second visit of the season after he also oversaw our 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe United on home soil back in October.

Now into his seventh season on the EFL list of referees, Toner’s last appointment was last weekend when he presided over Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-2 win at MK Dons.

Tickets
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available to fans in advance online and from The Dunes Hotel Stadium which will remain open until 4.30pm on Friday afternoon.

On the day of the game, tickets will be available from 10am from Main Reception (card payment only) and from the Ticket Booth in the Fan Zone from 12noon (cash and card payment).

Click here for all the information you need on buying tickets for Saturday’s game.

Live Streaming
Due to restrictions over the broadcast of live Saturday afternoon football, unfortunately we will not be able to provide a live stream of our game against Sutton United to fans in the UK.

However, Bluebirds supporters based outside of the UK will be able to access a live video feed on iFollow as usual and can buy their Video Match Passes right now.

Click here to add your Video Match Pass ahead of kick-off.

Live Commentary
iFollow is the only place that fans can listen to live online commentary of every game during this season’s run-in as we continue our link-up with our friends at BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will once again be alongside John Goodwin as the pair describe all the action as it unfolds against The U’s.

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.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow.

Betting
Sutton United have been made marginal favourites for victory at 6/4 on Saturday, while you can back The Bluebirds at 7/4 or get money on the game ending in a draw at odds of 21/10

Click here now to take a look at a full list of Sky Bet’s markets ahead of Saturday’s game.


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