Our prediction for this Championship match:
Thanks to a 2-0 win over Brentford at Griffin Park Barnsley put an end to their three-match losing run in the Championship. The Tykes regained a much-needed confidence and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Bristol City at their Oakwell Stadium. Barnsley are four points behind the play-offs places and, no doubt, Saturday’s football match against Bristol City is of big importance for the hosts. The Robins were beaten by the likes of Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers in previous two away games in the Championship and they are unlikely to spoil Barnsley’s Party at Oakwell Stadium. Bristol City did well to beat Blackburn Rovers on Matchday 14, but we predict that they will return home empty-handed from Saturday’s football match against Barnsley. You should know that 16 goals were scored in previous three meetings between the two teams in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Conor Hourihane):
Conor Hourihane is an Irish footballer who plays for Barnsley. The midfielder was born on 2 February, 1991 and he started his youth career at Premier League club Sunderland. In 2011 he joined Plymouth Argyle and he spent three years at Home Park.
After scoring 15 goals in 125 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2014 Hourihane decided to take next big step in his career. On 23 June he signed a three-year deal with Barnsley for a fee of £250,000. In August he won the League One Player of the Month award and, no doubt, he made a flying start to his Barnsley career. Hourihane made 46 appearances for the Tykes in the 2014/2015 League One campaign, scoring 15 goals and he certainly helped the team return to the Championship.
The Irish midfielder has eight caps for the U-21 team. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as defensive and left midfielder as well. Conor Hourihane is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Bristol City):
Bristol City are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Bristol. Formed in 1894 the Robins mostly participated in English lower leagues and they have never played in the Premier League. Bristol City’s bitterest rivals are Bristol Rovers and it has to be noted that two teams first met in 1897. Bristol City have outplayed their local rivals on 43 occasions in the Bristol Derby.
Cardiff City are regarded as Bristol City’s bitter rivals as well. The Robins play their home games at Ashton Gate, the stadium that was opened in 1887. Bristol City were semi-finalists of the League Cup two times (1970/1971, 1988/1989), with the team making it to the FA Cup final in 1909.
The Robins faced Manchester United in the title game, but they failed to upset the English giants in the Crystal Palace clash. It is well known that Bristol City footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts.