Our prediction for this Championship match:
Nottingham Forest are determined to bring glory days back to the City Ground. The Reds did well to beat second-placed Swansea City in Wales at the weekend, with the team climbing to tenth position in the standings. Nottingham Forest do not want to stop now and given Barnsley’s poor form at the start of the season, we are tempted to put our money on Sabri Lamouchi’s troops.
The Tykes, on the other hand, sit in the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Nottinghamshire and seeing that they suffered three losses in previous four league fixtures, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. In their last meeting at the City Ground the Reds recorded a 3-0 win over the Tykes, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. Lewis Grabban, who has netted four goals so far this term, is likely to lead the line for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Costel Pantilimon):
Born in Bacau on 1st February 1987, Costel Pantilimon became famous as the tallest Premier League footballer at six foot, eight inches. The towering shot-stopper made a name for himself at Politehnica Timisoara, where he spent ten years, albeit only making 93 league outings.
In 2011, he signed for Manchester City to act as an understudy to England number one Joe Hart, but eventually grew frustrated by the lack of first team football after featuring in just seven Premier League fixtures during the four years at Etihad Stadium. Pantilimon was able to kick-start his career at Sunderland, becoming their first choice goalkeeper, but he ultimately lost his place in the side and decided to join Watford in the summer of 2015.
The Hornets keeper has been a member of the Romania national team since 2008 and he amassed over 20 appearances for Tricolorii despite never quite being able to establish himself as an undisputed starter.
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.