Our match prediction:
Oakwell Stadium will host the match between Barnsley and Derby County. The Rams played out a goalless draw with Brighton in the opening match of their 2016/2017 Championship campaign and they are now on a quest to record their first win of the season. It is well known that over the years Derby County have turned their iPro Stadium into a real fortress, but they often struggle on the travels. Barnsley, on the other hand suffered a 4-2 loss to Ipswich Town in their opener, meaning that they would be more than happy with one point from Saturday’s football match against Derby County. The Super Reds are tough to beat at home ground and we predict that they are going to share the spoils with the Rams on day 2 of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign. It has to be noted, though, that Barnsley failed to beat Derby County in previous four meetings between the two teams in all competitions.
Highligted Player (Sam Winnall):
Sam Winnall began his professional career at the age of 19. The striker, who was born on 19 January, 1991, made his Wolverhampton debut in May 2009 and he has been playing for a number of English clubs ever since. He was on loan at Burton Albion, Hereford United, Inverness CT and Shrewsbury Town and in the 2013/2014 campaign he signed a contract with Scunthorpe United. Sam Winnall scored 23 goals in 45 appearances for the club and, as a result, secured a lucrative move to Barnsley in 2014. He went on to score his first goal for Barnsley on 23 August 2014 in a 4-1 win over Gillingham. Winnall helped Barnsley eliminate Walsall in the 2015/2016 League One semis as he scored a brace in the first leg. It has to be noted that he scored 23 goals in the English second tier in the 2015/2016 season. He provided 8 assists for his teammates during the season and he finished the campaign as the third highest goalscorer in the league, just behind Nicky Ajose and Will Grigg.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.