The Championship clash at Oakwell Stadium on Tuesday sees home side Barnsley go into battle with Brentford.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Barnsley v Brentford match are shown here (inc. the best betting odds).
Barnsley, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 2-0 Championship success vs Nottingham Forest.
In that match, Barnsley had 41% possession and 13 shots at goal with 2 on target. For Barnsley, the goals were scored by Callum Styles (86') and Cauley Woodrow (88'). At the other end, Nottingham Forest had 10 shots on goal with 3 on target.
A common theme in recent Barnsley games is the number of nil scores.
Taking their previous six matches leading up to this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on both teams scoring would have lost. That kind of pattern isn’t assured to be sustained into this game, of course.
Coming into this meeting, Barnsley have not been beaten in their last 5 home league matches.
In their last fixture, Brentford drew 0-0 in the Championship tie with Wycombe Wanderers.
In that match, Brentford managed 63% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 4 on target. Wycombe Wanderers had 11 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
During their 6 latest matches, Thomas Frank's Brentford have seen their efforts on goal rewarded 7 times thus yielding them a goals per game average of 1.17.
Ahead of this clash, Brentford are unbeaten in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their past head-to-head meetings going back to 22/10/2016 tells us that Barnsley have won 3 of these games and Brentford 1, with the tally of drawn games standing at 2.
A combined total of 13 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 8 of them from The Tykes and 5 coming from The Bees. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.17.
The previous league game featuring the two was Championship match day 46 on 22/07/2020 and the score finished Brentford 1-2 Barnsley.
In that match, Brentford managed 61% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Their only player to score was Josh Dasilva (73').
Barnsley got 11 shots at goal with 3 on target. Callum Styles (41') and Clarke Oduor (91') scored.
The match was refereed by Robert Jones.
Team News: Barnsley
Jordan Williams (Hamstring Injury), Romal Palmer (Knee Injury), Jordan Green (Ankle Injury) and Ben Williams (Cruciate Ligament Injury) will be missing for Barnsley gaffer Valérien Ismaël. Mike Bähre cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: Brentford
Brentford boss Thomas Frank has to currently contend with reduced team options. Mads Roerslev Rasmussen (Foot Injury) and Shandon Baptiste (Knee Surgery) won’t be making appearances.
In our view, Barnsley could find themselves struggling to see themselves scoring against this Brentford team who we think will be able to grind out a win.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a very competitive game with a 0-1 win for Brentford when all is said and done.
Let’s see what happens.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Oakwell Stadium (23,287)
Captain: Alex Mowatt
Chairman: Chien Lee & Paul Conway
Manager: Valérien Ismaël
Competitions: Championship position 16
⭐ Star Man: Alex Mowatt
Regularly taking to the field in the Centre Midfield position, Alex Mowatt was born in Doncaster, England. After having made a senior debut playing for Leeds United in the 2013 - 2014 season, the dangerous Midfielder has hit 2 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 11 appearances.