Barnsley predictions with latest odds and stats
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If there’s a pecking order among EFL Championship teams, Barnsley would be near the bottom of it.
Their table position generally alternates between relegation and barely staying afloat, with little indication of upward movement. That said, their new coach Valérien Ismaël is promising some major changes for the upcoming 2020/21 Championship season. The first few legs are showing signs of improvement, though it may be too early to tell.
With all that in mind, The Tykes can’t truly be called favourites for relegation. Most online bookies are offering odds of 7.00 for such an outcome, which means they are relatively safe for now. That said, moving to the upper half of the table is a bit of a stretch as well at odds of 3.00.
Barnsley Key Players
With Mike Bahre out of the picture until late November due to a suspension, the title of team captain was handed to Alex Mowatt. The change makes sense with the English midfielder’s reliable track record in mind, but whether his leadership skills are up to snuff remains to be seen.
Speaking of central midfielders, Ismaël loaned Leicester City's Matty James for some backup. The decision works well with the team’s all-important midfield diamond. Dominik Frieser was also signed as a winger, which might imply a wider approach that what we saw in 2019/20.
Mads Juel Andersen was the backbone of Barnsley’s defensive line last season, which will likely remain true. Attacks down the wings might turn out to be a major issue, however, as their block is notoriously funnelled into the centre.
Interestingly, it seems the management decided to double down on such an approach by signing Cracovia’s Michal Helik.
A survey conducted in August 2019 under the name of “The League of Love and Hate” revealed that most Barnsley supporters consider Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Leeds United as their main rivals.
These three clubs are closely followed by Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United.
Interestingly enough, Barnsley Football Club was founded in 1887 as a church club, by a man of clergy named Tiverton Preedy, known for his work with the poor. They initially competed in the Sheffield and District League, and later in the Midland League too.
They joined the Football League in 1898 and spent a decade struggling in its Second Division, but that didn’t stop them from reaching the FA Cup final in 1910 which they lost to Newcastle United, nor did it stop them from repeating the feat and going a step better two years later, when they beat West Bromwich Albion to lift the only major trophy in their history so far.
Apart from that, they are known as the club to have spent the most seasons in the second tier of English football. They were there from the beginning until 1959, with only a few minor stints in the Third Division North. But then their struggles began in earnest, culminating in reaching the Fourth Division in 1965. It took them 22 years to return to the second tier where they stayed this time until their only ever Premier League season in 1997/98.
But they weren’t able to sustain the top flight status and though they’ve again mostly played in the Championship since 1998, even that status is now questionable for this club.