Our prediction for this Championship match:
Following a boring goalless draw with Blackpool, Sheffield United will look to return to winning ways when they face Barnsley on Matchday 39. The Blades are only one point behind the playoffs berth, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Tykes. The hosts, though, head into the match with a severely-weakened squad as all McGoldrick, Brewster, McBurnie, Fleck, Basham, Bogle, and Baldock are sidelined with injuries.
Experienced attacker Billy Sharp is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. Barnsley, on the other hand, recorded a very important 2-0 win over Bristol City, and given the number of absentees in the home team, we predict that the relegation-threatened visitors are going to grab something from Saturday’s clash. Both Victor Adeboyejo and Cauley Woodrow are sidelined with injuries, while there are no suspended players in the away team.
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 (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.