Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Oakwell will host Saturday’s League One game between Barnsley and Blackpool, the two teams who defeated Northampton and Reading respectively at the weekend. The Tykes have a chance to climb to automatic promotion berth, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team. With no fresh injury worries to report, head coach Neill Collins is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Cobblers at the weekend.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, looked sharp in front of goal in the 4-1 crushing of the Royals and given their attacking potential, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on both teams to score. A man to keep an eye on in the visiting team will be experienced striker Jordan Rhodes, who scored a hat-trick in the last league 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.