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National League | Gameweek 44
Apr 15, 2023 at 12.45pm UK
The Hive Stadium
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Barnet
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Wrexham


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Preview: Barnet vs. Wrexham - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's National League clash between Barnet and Wrexham, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Wrexham will be looking to continue their National League promotion charge when they travel to the Hive Stadium to take on Barnet on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors are in a fantastic position to win the title, top of the table with just four games left to play, while the hosts are also in contention for promotion, currently sitting in fifth place.


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Barnet have had a very solid season, collecting 69 points in 42 games, and they are in a strong position to secure a place in the playoffs, given that they are six points clear of eight-placed Bromley, with four games to spare.

The Bees are seven points behind third-placed Woking, which means a top three finish is likely to be off the cards at this point, but they will still be happy with the strides they have made this season, after finishing 18th in the 2021-22 campaign.

One of the main reasons Dean Brennan's side have been able to compete at the top end of the table is due to their attacking prowess, scoring 73 goals up to this point, the third-highest amount of any side in the fifth tier.

That said, Barnet have struggled in front of goal in recent matches, scoring just once in their last three games, which does not bode well heading into a match against a side as strong as Wrexham.

Last time out, the Bees were held to a very disappointing 0-0 draw away at already-relegated Maidstone United, and a much-improved performance will be needed if they are to take anything from Saturday's game.

Wrexham have recorded an astounding 103 points in 42 National League games this season, and they now look almost certain to win the league title, courtesy of a vital victory in their last match.

In what was billed as one of the biggest fifth-tier matches of all time, the Red Dragons defeated title-rivals Notts County 3-2 in a match that lived up to the hype, with Ben Foster saving a 97th-minute penalty to clutch a 3-2 victory for the hosts.

Courtesy of that result, Phil Parkinson's side are three points clear of Notts County, while they also have a game in hand at their disposal, meaning it would take a monumental turnaround for them to fail to win promotion from this position.

Both Wrexham and Notts County have been by far and away the best teams in the division all season, but Saturday's hosts edged to the top of the goal-scoring charts with the victory last time out, having now scored an incredible 109 goals.

That said, the Welsh side did lose their last away match, coming unstuck in a 3-1 defeat against Halifax Town, which will serve as a reminder that they cannot take anything for granted at this stage of the season, particularly against good opposition in Barnet.

Barnet National League form:

Wrexham National League form:


Team News

Jordan Tunnicliffe suffered a back spasm in the trip to Halifax, which ruled the centre-back out of the game against Notts County, so Tom O'Connor is likely to keep his place in the Wrexham backline.

Ollie Palmer is without a goal in his last five games, and he was withdrawn in the second half on Monday, meaning Sam Dalby could come into the attack, partnering top scorer Paul Mullin, who has scored six goals in his last five games.

Foster was the hero against Notts County, and the goalkeeper should be expected to keep his place for the rest of the season, as a result of the injury suffered by Rob Lainton.

Barnet have struggled in front of goal recently, largely due to the absence of Nicke Kabamba, who has scored 19 National League goals this season, and the striker is likely to miss out again, with David Moyo set to keep his place in the side.

Dominic Revan has been in and out of the side as of late, being brought off at half time in the recent trip to Maidstone, and Sam Beard could instead get the nod at left-back.

Barnet possible starting lineup:
Walker; Wynter, Potter, Collinge, Beard; Armstrong, De Havilland, Pritchard, Powell; Moyo, Kanu

Wrexham possible starting lineup:
Foster; Tozer, O'Connell, Mendy, O'Connor; Barnett, Jones, Lee, Cannon; Mullin, Dalby


We say: Barnet 0-2 Wrexham

Barnet's form has fallen off a cliff at the crucial stage of the season, while Wrexham head into the match full of confidence, after the sensational 3-2 victory against Notts County in the last match.

Parkinson will need to make sure his players know that nothing has been won yet, even though promotion is looking very likely, and if they keep their heads, they should be able to record a comfortable victory.



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2Barnet462681291603186
3Bromley462215973492481
4AltrinchamAltrincham4622111384592577
5Solihull MoorsSolihull462113127162976
6Gateshead462291588642475
7Halifax TownHalifax461914135850871
8Aldershot TownAldershot46209177483-969
9Southend UnitedSouthend4621121370452565
10Oldham AthleticOldham461518136360363
11Rochdale461614166964562
12Hartlepool UnitedHartlepool46179207082-1260
13Eastleigh461611197387-1459
14Maidenhead UnitedMaidenhead461513186067-758
15Dagenham & RedbridgeDag & Red461414186963656
16WealdstoneWealdstone461511206072-1256
17Woking461510214955-655
18Fylde461510217482-855
19Ebbsfleet461412205974-1554
20York City461217175569-1453
21Boreham WoodBoreham Wood461216185973-1452
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23Dorking WanderersDorking46129255485-3145
24Oxford CityOxford City4689295494-4033
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