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Barnsley meet away team Reading at Oakwell Stadium in the Championship meeting on Friday.
Our Barnsley v Reading predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Barnsley won’t want a repeat of their last result here after a 1-2 Championship defeat in their last game at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
In that match, Barnsley managed 53% possession and 9 shots at goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Barnsley was Carlton Morris (78'). Sheffield Wednesday got 6 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Jordan Rhodes (38', 53') was the scorer for Sheffield Wednesday.
Over their preceding 6 games, Valérien Ismaël's Barnsley have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a total of 11 times giving them an average number of goals per match equal to 1.83.
Their past results show that Barnsley:
- have not won against Reading in their last 7 matches in the league.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league games.
In the game prior to this, Reading drew 1-1 in the Championship tie with Queens Park Rangers.
In that game, Reading managed 45% possession and 17 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Reading was Yakou Meïté (57'). On the other side, Queens Park Rangers got 13 shots at goal with 4 on target. Lyndon Dykes (45') scored for Queens Park Rangers.
Over the course of their previous 6 outings, Reading have amassed the sum of 8 goals. The Royals have also scored on each one of those occasions. In that time, they’ve had 4 goals go against them.
Their previous form shows that Reading:
- haven't won against Barnsley when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- remain undefeated by Barnsley when having played them away from home in the previous 8 league matches. What a record that is.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their past head to head clashes stretching back to 11/02/2017 shows us that Barnsley have won 0 of these games & Reading 3, with the tally of drawn results being 3.
In all, 11 goals were scored between them in this period, with 2 of them from The Tykes and 9 being from The Royals. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.83.
The previous league clash between these clubs was Championship match day 2 on 19/09/2020 when it finished Reading 2-0 Barnsley.
In that match, Reading managed 58% possession and 6 shots on goal with 5 on target. The scorers were Yakou Meïté (67') and Michael Olise (76').
At the other end, Barnsley got 9 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Tim Robinson.
Team News: Barnsley
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just the lone fitness concern for the Barnsley manager Valérien Ismaël to contend with from an otherwise complete set of players. Ben Williams (Cruciate Ligament Injury) misses out.
Team News: Reading
Due to a mostly healthy group, there is only a single fitness problem for the Reading boss Veljko Paunović to contend with. John Swift (Hamstring Injury) won’t be in action.
Our assessment here is that Reading will have to work hard as a team to breach the defence of this Barnsley side who will likely score at least once to put them ahead.
We’re therefore seeing a highly competitive game with a 1-0 victory for Barnsley after 90 minutes.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Oakwell Stadium (23,287)
Captain: Alex Mowatt
Chairman: Chien Lee & Paul Conway
Manager: Valérien Ismaël
Competitions: Championship position 5
🔑 Key Player: Alex Mowatt
Typically 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 talented Midfielder has managed to score 6 league goals in the Championship 2020 - 2021 season to date in 37 appearances.