Our match prediction:
Buoyed by a hard-fought win over Burton Albion, Brighton take on Barnsley at their American Express Community Stadium on Matchday 9. The Seagulls have been impressive at the back in the Championship of late and they will be looking to keep their third consecutive clean sheet in the league when they face the Tykes in Saturday’s football match. Brighton are a real force to be reckoned with at home and a win over Barnsley could see them climb to third place in the Championship standings. Paul Heckingbottom’s men failed to grab something from the clash against ten-man Reading (1-2), but despite losing to Royals at the weekend, they are still sitting in the play-offs berth. Barnsley did well to beat Wolverhampton in their last away game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Brighton and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed.
Highligted Player (Oliver Norwood):
Oliver Norwood is a Reading midfielder who began his youth career at Manchester United. Norwood made his debut for the reserve team against Middlesbrough in November, 2007, but he did not get a chance to play for the first team. After ending his loan spell with Coventry City in 2012, the 180-cm-tall midfielder signed a contract with Huddersfield Town. Oliver Norwood scored eight goals in 80 league appearances for the club between 2012 and 2014. Later in 2014 he joined Reading for an undisclosed fee and he made his debut for the Royals against Nottingham Forest on 23 August, 2014. Norwood was born in Burnley, England and he has six caps for England U16 team. He played three games for the U17 team as well, but he then decided to represent Northern Ireland as his heritage is Northern Irish. Norwood made his debut for the Green and White Army on 11 August, 2010, in a 2-0 loss to Montenegro. He replaced Sammy Clingan in the second half of the match.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887. The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game. Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA Cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.