Burton vs Barnsley by Luke
Burton suffered defeat once again, last Saturday afternoon at home against Ipswich in a 1:2 loss. If anything, the side managed to score this time, breaking a run of five consecutive matches without a single goal scored in Championship during which they managed to pull out two goalless draws.
As for the game against Ipswich, they didn't look that poor, on contrary they looked better in the first halftime and probably deserved the lead which anyway came in 57th minute via Turner, however once they took the lead it's like their game plan completely fall apart since the guests took over the initiative and actually deserved the victory with their performance in last thirty minutes (goal came via Waghorn in 66th and Celina in 89th minute). The team is now third from the bottom with 2-4-8 record and just seven goals scored for now, but also with just two points less than safely placed Birmingham.
Home team could be playing in 3-5-2 formation with Sordell and Scannell as forwards. Goalkeeper Stephen Bywater could be back between the posts after he missed the previous game with a personal reason. Forward Liam Boyce is long term absentee without performing this season anyway, while defensive midfielder John Brayford (6/0) remains absentee as well.
Barnsley, on the other side, comes from a point taken away from home against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon in a 1:1 draw. Their hosts were favorites prior the game and actually looked bit better on the field, even taking the lead in 34th minute via Reach, but lacked being more concrete in their next efforts to score the goal.
Guests didn't have many chances create, but used their chance well back in 67th minute to level up the scoreline via Barnes for the final result, despite some more attacks of Sheffield later on. After this point taken, the side remained in the second part of the table with thirteen points which is three more than Burton and already ten less than play-off placed Leeds and Aston Villa.
Guests are set to play in 4-5-1 formation with Bradshaw as central striker alone. Central defender Adam Jackson (12/1) is out with a knee ligament problem. He should be only absentee for the visiting side.
- Burton have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches against Barnsley.
- Barnsley are undefeated in their last 5 matches against Burton.
These two sides doesn't have a lot of in common this season expect similar number of points. Even though they didn't show it yet completely, I see players of Barnsley as much more competitive and serious this season. Draw can't be excluded, but my first choice for this game will be visitors who are way more reliable as a side and are scoring easily in comparison to their hosts this time.