Tykes to take all three points

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: February 19 2013, 19:47 GMT

Craig Chisnall previews the midweek Football League action and fancies Barnsley to beat Wolves.

Barnsley can register another win when they face Wolves
Barnsley can register another win when they face Wolves

What a job David Flitcroft has done since getting the top job at Barnsley - and I expect them to continue their fine form at home to Wolves.

The former Rochdale and Tykes assistant has stepped up brilliantly follow big mate Keith Hill's axing at the turn of the year and their once faint hopes of staying up seem a distant memory.

They have won four in five in the league to reel Wolves to within a point of them, they will go above Dean Saunders' side with another win in this clash, and Saturday's 3-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons saw them claim a place in the last eight.

Rejuvenated striker Chris Dagnall has got a new lease of life under Flitcroft with six goals in seven while the additions of experienced duo Rory Delap and Jason Scotland have been key.

Wolves did show much-needed signs of improvement with a draw at Derby at the weekend but I like the look of the 13/10 on the Tykes.

Staying with homes take high-fliers Cardiff and Leicester along with Nottingham Forest in a treble.

Long-time leaders Cardiff can almost reach out and touch the Premier League with a healthy eight-point lead at the top following their 2-1 win over Bristol City.

Brighton will provide a tough test this time around but with striker Fraizer Campbell hitting the ground running in the Welsh capital since his arrival from Sunderland they should see chalk up a 14th home win of the season.

Leicester are up to 11 home wins for the season and after losing to Peterborough ten days ago they will be desperate to get back on track when they welcome Charlton.

With five wins on the spin before their Posh shock the Foxes were in fine form and that's reflected in a short odds-on price.

It's the evens price on Forest at home to Huddersfield that makes this treble worth investing in.

With Billy Davies back at the helm they were much improved in the home draw with Bolton on Saturday and I fancy them to edge past struggling Huddersfield, who are in action in the FA Cup at the time of writing and have little time to recover from a tough game.

Like Barnsley, fellow strugglers Peterborough are fighting for their lives and five wins in their last nine has given them a fighting chance of survival.

They had the benefit of a weekend off after their brilliant win over the Foxes and will head to Millwall full of confidence.

The Lions made it into the last eight of cup at the weekend with a thoroughly professional display in the 3-0 win at Luton but they have slid out of play-off contention in recent weeks.

Kenny Jackett's side have lost six in eight in the Championship, including their last four on the spin, so the 7/2 offered by Paddy Power looks huge.

In League One, Tranmere fans must be fearing their bubble has burst with three defeats on the trot and four in the last five. Unfortunately for them I believe another reverse is on the cards when they welcome Swindon to Prenton Park.

Ronnie Moore has done a magnificent job on a shoestring with Rovers but injuries and suspensions are starting to bite hard on a small squad.

The Robins, despite their off-field uncertainty, have been in fine form and head north on the back of an 11-match unbeaten run.

Part of that run included a 5-0 thumping of Rovers before Christmas and with the benefit of a weekend off I'll back them at 6/4.

Bristol Rovers head the form table in League Two and that makes their 15/8 price with bet365 on a home win against Rotherham a standout price.

The Pirates made a great choice in appointing John Ward for a second spell in charge after sacking Mark McGhee and a run of five wins in six has seen them surge clear of danger.

They won 3-1 at the promotion-chasing Millers last month and have been on the up ever since.

Steve Evans' side have won three in four themselves but they've not hit the heights I expected of them this season and I will be investing in Rovers at almost 2/1.

  • Preview posted at 1630 GMT on 17/02/2013.