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The Championship clash at Oakwell Stadium on Saturday sees home side Barnsley facing opposition in the form of Blackburn Rovers.
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Barnsley go into this fixture following a 1-1 Championship drawn game vs Stoke City.
In that game, Barnsley had 41% possession and 9 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Barnsley was Cauley Woodrow (38'). At the other end, Stoke City had 12 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. Sam Surridge (17') was the scorer for Stoke City.
It has been seldom in recent games where Barnsley haven’t conceded. In fact, Barnsley have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 8 goals along the way. That kind of pattern won’t necessarily be continued into this next game, of course.
Going into this one, Barnsley are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
Blackburn Rovers will come into the match following a 2-0 Championship win to beat Hull City in their previous fixture.
In that game, Blackburn Rovers managed 44% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For Blackburn Rovers, the scorers were Daniel Ayala (61') and Ben Brereton (65'). Hull City got 16 shots at goal with 5 on target.
Blackburn Rovers have been a threat going forward of late, having scored 9 goals in their previous 6 matches. This doesn’t mask the fact that Blackburn Rovers have had their own issues at the back, also conceding in 5 of those same games.
Looking at their past form shows that Blackburn Rovers:
- have not won against Barnsley when they have played them away from home in the previous 4 matches in the league. Not good at all.
- are unbeaten in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head clashes stretching back to 26/12/2016 shows us that Barnsley have won 4 of them & Blackburn Rovers 2, with the tally of draws standing at 0.
In all, 17 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 11 from The Tykes and 6 netted by Rovers. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The last league contest between these clubs was Championship match day 30 on 17/02/2021 when it ended Barnsley 2-1 Blackburn Rovers.
That time, Barnsley managed 49% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The scorers were Carlton Morris (72') and Alex Mowatt (90').
Blackburn Rovers got 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Adam Armstrong (94') scored.
The referee was Matt Donohue.
Team News: Barnsley
There aren’t many selection issues, with just the sole fitness concern for the Barnsley manager Markus Schopp to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy set of players. Rémy Vita (Knee Injury) won’t play.
Team News: Blackburn Rovers
Owing to an otherwise full-strength squad, there’s just a single fitness worry for the Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray to be concerned about. Bradley Dack (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be playing here.
It seems to us that Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley could end up without much reward for their efforts here.
At this stage, it appears to have the makings of a possible draw. That’s why our selection here is for a very even match with a 0-0 draw when the full-time whistle blows.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Oakwell Stadium (23,287)
Captain: Cauley Woodrow
Chairman: Chien Lee & Paul Conway
Manager: Markus Schopp
Competitions: Championship position 17
🔑 Key Man: Dominik Frieser
Normally used in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Dominik Frieser was born in Austria. After having played his first senior match for TSV Hartberg in the 2013 - 2014 season, the accomplished Midfielder has got 2 league goals in this Championship 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 6 appearances.