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The Championship meeting at Deepdale on Saturday will see home side Preston North End ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Barnsley.
All Preston North End v Barnsley match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
Preston North End
Preston North End will be looking for a repeat result of a 0-1 Championship triumph against Coventry City.
In that match, Preston North End had 40% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Preston North End was Alan Browne (67'). Coventry City got 10 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
An interesting feature of recent Preston North End games is seeing a zero in the scoreline.
Taking their previous sextet of clashes before this one, in as many as 5 of them a wager on both teams scoring would've been a loser.
Barnsley head into the encounter following on from a 1-0 Championship win against Rotherham United in their most recent fixture.
In that match, Barnsley managed 44% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Barnsley was Carlton Morris (2'). For their opponents, Rotherham United had 15 shots at goal with 7 of them on target.
A series of outstanding displays from the Barnsley defensive players has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their previous 6 outings in total. Over that same period of time, their own forwards have managed to score 7. We will have to find out if that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Ahead of this meeting, Barnsley have not won against Preston North End in games played away from home for the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 04/02/2017 shows that Preston North End have won 2 of them & Barnsley 1, with the tally of drawn matches being 3.
In all, 14 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 10 of them for The Lilywhites and 4 created by The Tykes. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.33.
The last league match between these sides was Championship match day 19 on 15/12/2020 when it finished Barnsley 2-1 Preston North End.
That day, Barnsley had 49% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Goals were scored by Alex Mowatt (54') and Victor Adeboyejo (80').
On the other side, Preston North End got 4 shots on goal with 3 on target. Seán Maguire (2') scored.
The referee was Dean Whitestone.
Team News: Preston North End
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just the sole fitness concern for the Preston North End gaffer Frankie McAvoy to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed set of players. Patrick Bauer (Achilles tendon rupture) misses out.
Team News: Barnsley
From a largely available group, there’s just the one fitness worry for the Barnsley gaffer Valérien Ismaël to be concerned with. Ben Williams (Cruciate Ligament Injury) won’t be playing here.
When taking everything into account, Preston North End will do well to find the net against this Barnsley side who we think might get the vital goal that wins it.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a highly competitive game with a 0-1 victory for Barnsley after 90 minutes.
Will be interesting to see how this one goes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Preston North End
Stadium: Deepdale (23,404)
Captain: Alan Browne
Chairman: Craig Hemmings
Manager: Frankie McAvoy
Competitions: Championship position 14
🔑 Key Man: Scott Sinclair
Typically taking up the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Scott Sinclair was born in Bath, England. Having played his first senior match for Bristol Rovers in the 2004 - 2005 season, the skilful Midfielder has got 9 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 36 appearances.