Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After rolling over Northampton 4-0 in their last league match, Derby County will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Barnsley at their Pride Park on Saturday afternoon. The Rams have been scoring goals for fun at home ground of late and, as a result, the odds for home win have been dropping. Midfielder Max Bird returns to the starting XI after the 23-year-old was rested in the EFL Cup triumph (4-1) over Wolves U21 as well as experienced forward Conor Washington, who impressed in the last league fixture.
The Tykes, on the other hand, have yet to suffer a loss in the League One this season, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on draw. Barnsley defender Corey O’Keeffe should be recalled to the starting eleven following a couple of fine performances in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Conor Washington):
Conor Washington is a Northern Ireland international who began his senior career at St Ives Town. He scored 52 goals in 50 appearances for the club and in 2012 he joined Newport County. He was struggling to adapt to the new surroundings and, as a result, he netted no more than 5 goals in 39 appearances for the Rodney Parade outfit.
In 2014 he signed a deal with Peterborough United and two years later he moved to Queens Park Rangers. He played just ten games for the Hoops in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he failed to open his goal-scoring account. Conor Washington is a striker who made his Northern Ireland debut on 24 March, 2016 and four days later his scored his first ever goal for the national team, in a 1-0 win over Slovenia at Windsor Park.
The Northern Ireland footballer was eligible to play for Scotland through his mother. He was born in Chantham, Kent, England on 18 May, 1992.
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.