Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Exeter City will look to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Portsmouth when they take on Barnsley in the League One round 26. The Grecians aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Tykes. January signing Josh Coley remains on the sidelines with injury, alongside Kyle Taylor. Barnsley, on the other hand, moved one step closer to booking their spot in the playoffs thanks to a 3-1 win over Accrington.
The Tykes, though, have been having their ups and downs on the road this term, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. As for the away side, all Robbie Cundy, Josh Benson, Luke Thomas, and Slobodan Tedic should miss out with injuries. However, Michael Duff has no fresh selection worries ahead of the midweek clash.
Highlighted Player (Nicky Ajose):
Nicky Ajose is an English footballer who started his youth career at Manchester United. Despite signing a professional deal with the Red Devils, Ajose did not see any game action for the English giants at the senior level. After spending the 2010/2011 season on loan at Bury, the 168-cm tall forward signed a contract with Peterborough United in the summer of 2011.
Nicky Ajose played for the likes of Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield, Crawley Town, Bury, and Swindon Town on loan before joining Leeds United on a three-year deal in August 2014. However, the English striker made no more than three league appearances for the Whites before signing a loan deal with Crewe Alexandra. In September 2015, he returned to Swindon Town, signing a three-year contract with the Robins.
Nicky Ajose played for the likes of Charlton Athletic, Bury (loan), and Mansfield (loan) before moving to his current club Exeter City. The Grecians attacker was born in Bury, England, on October 7, 1991, and his preferred foot is right.
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.