Our prediction for this Championship match:
John Smith’s Stadium will host Friday’s football game between Huddersfield Town and Barnsley, the two teams who sit in the opposite halves of the table. The Terriers aim to build on a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough which helped them move one step closer to booking their spot in the playoffs. Huddersfield have slim automatic promotion chances, but the hope dies last, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Tykes.
Barnsley, on the other hand, failed to secure the Championship survival. Since the rock-bottom side are low on spirits ahead of the trip to Huddersfield, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. The likes of Matty Pearson, Ryan Schofield, Rolando Aarons, and Alex Vallejo are all out of contention with injuries for the hosts, while the visitors will be without injured defensive duo Helik – Halme this time out.
Highlighted Player (Danny Ward):
Daniel Ward is a goalkeeper who was born on 22 June, 1993 in Wrexham, Wales. The 191-cm-tall shoot-stopper is a product of Wrexham Academy, but he did not make his senior debut for the club. After spending the 2010/2011 season at Tamworth, Danny Ward returned to Wrexham and on 30 January, 2012 he joined Liverpool for a fee of £100,000.
He made just two league appearances for the Anfield outfit and in 2015 he signed a loan deal with Morecambe. On 23 June he signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool, but he was soon sent on loan to Aberdeen. He played 21 games for the Scottish outfit and on 11 July, 2016 he signed a season-long deal with Championship team Huddersfield Town.
Danny Ward has 4 caps for Wales U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Dragons in a friendly against Northern Ireland on 24 March, 2016. Ward represented his homeland at the 2016 European Championship finals in France as he started the game against Slovakia.
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.