Ahead of the new Sky Bet League 2 season we asked Liam Govey to take a look at each of our 23 opponents. Next up, it's Barnet...
Address: The Hive, Camrose Avenue, London, HA8 6AG
Stadium capacity: 5,634
Manager: Martin Allen
Ryan Watson (Leicester City), Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) and Jean Louis Akpa Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).
Andy Yiadom (Barnsley), Matty Stevens (Peterborough United), Mark Randall (released), Joe Gater (released), Ryan Gondoh (released), Charlie Kennedy (released).
A fifteenth place finish may not seem all that glamorous, but given Barnet’s history as perennial strugglers in League Two, it was a welcome change from the usual relegation dogfight. Martin Allen assembled a strong side, with a final day 3-0 win at Crawley showing the strong potential of the youth as well. The building blocks are certainly in place to build upon what many Barnet fans would have deemed a success last season.
Maintaining the bulk of last season’s squad could prove crucial for Barnet this season, with ex-Boro defenders Bondz N’Gala and Bira Dembele both key to Barnet’s chances. In midfield, the likes of Malta international Luke Gambin and Sam Togwell have been crucial in Barnet’s rise. The arrivals of Alex Nicholls and Jean Louis Akpa Akpro should also bolster Barnet’s attack, alongside the prolific John Akinde, who scored 24 goals last season.
Win Outright: 40/1
Top 7: 7/2
Barnet v Stevenage: Saturday 17th December
Stevenage v Barnet: Saturday 1st April
Stevenage and Barnet fight out a 3-2 thriller back in September, albeit in the hosts' favour.