Our prediction for this League 1 match:
After outplaying Torquay and Yeovil in the last two warm-up games, Plymouth will look to make a flying start to the season when they face Barnsley on Saturday. The Pilgrims looked sharp in front of goal in pre-season, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win the opener. A man to watch in the home side will be Scotland attacker Ryan Hardie, who scored 16 goals in the 2021/2022 League One campaign.
The Tykes, on the other hand, were not competitive in the Championship last term, with the team failing to secure the survival. Barnsley are eyeing a quick return to the English second tier, but they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash. Over the years Plymouth have turned their Home Park into a real fortress, and we predict that they will give fans a reason for celebration on Matchday 1. New signing Conor McCarthy is likely to make his official debut for Barnsley against Plymouth.
Highlighted Player (Kieran Agard):
Kieran Agard is a professional football player who was born in East London, England. He began his youth career in the Arsenal Academy and in 2005 he moved to Everton. Agard played for Everton U-18 team and it has to be noted that he made no more than one appearance for the first team.
In 2011 he joined Yeovil Town and after playing 29 league games for the club, he signed a contract with Rotherham United in July, 2012. Agard scored his first goal for Rotherham United on 27 October and he helped the team record a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle. After scoring 27 goals in 78 league appearances for Rotherham United, he joined Bristol City for the 2014/2015 campaign.The fee is believed to be in the region of £750,000.
Despite being born in England, the pacey footballer is eligible to play for Jamaica, Saint Vincent Grenadines and Dominica as well. His main position is centre forward, but he is also capable of playing at both right and left wing.
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.