Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Kassam Stadium will host Saturday’s encounter between Oxford United and Barnsley. The Yellows are undefeated in the previous seven league fixtures, but they face an uphill task against the Tykes. There are no fresh injury concerns in the home side, but experienced forward Billy Bodin could sneak into the starting XI. The promotion-chasing visitors, on the other hand, are eyeing their fifth consecutive league win.
Barnsley did well to beat Peterborough 2-1 on the road, and seeing that Oxford United suit them, we are tempted to put our money on Michael Duff’s charges. Aitchison and Cole should be deployed up front for Barnsley, who are eyeing their sixth away win of the process. Keep in mind, though, that all Matty Wolfe, Slobodan Tedic, Jordan Helliwell, Luke Thomas, Conor McCarthy, and Will Hondermarck have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks.
Highlighted Player (Yanic Wildschut):
Yanic-Sonny Wildschut is a Dutch football player who was born in Amsterdam on 1 November, 1991. He was part of Ajax academy during his youth career and he made his senior debut for Zwolle in the Jupiler League. After playing 33 matches for Zwolle, the pacey winger joined VVV-Venlo on 29 June, 2011 and in 2013 he moved to Heerenveen.
He was soon sent on loan to ADO Den Haag and after making seven appearances for the club, he joined English side Middlesbrough on 1 September, 2014. Wildschut scored his first goal for the Boro in a 3-0 victory over Rotherham on 1 November, 2014. However, he played just 12 games for Middlesbrough in the Championship.
On 2 October, 2015 he was sent on loan to Wigan Athletic and three months later he signed a permanent deal with the Latics. You should have in mind that Yanic has 10 caps for Netherlands U21 team. Wildschut is a winger, but he is capable of playing as a centre forward as well.
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.