Barnsley vs Bradford
England – League One
Date: Saturday, 12th January 2019
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue: Oakwell (Barnsley).
Two teams with contrasting objectives take on each other in this League One fixture. Barnsley is right at ground zero of all the playoff action while Bradford is desperate for survival.
The battle for relegation is much more interesting in the League One this season than other competitions. Just six points separate the final six teams, of which a total of four will be kicked out at the end of the season. No team is out of contention, nor are they safe.
The Tykes would not forget how they were sent off from the FA Cup this season, for a very long time. The match with Burnley seemed like that it would end in a draw, and the fans must have already started thinking about the extra match to be played.
But a 92nd-minute penalty changed all the equations. Chris Wood took responsibility and converted the high-pressure kick to wide cheers from the home crowd.
Barnsley vs Bradford Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Reds have won the last four h2h matches in a row.
- Disregarding a 0-1 win by Bradford back in 1999, the Super Reds have stood unbeaten at home in h2h ties.
- Five of the last seven games at this venue, between these teams, ended in draws.
- Barnsley scored exactly two goals in three of the last four fixtures against this opponent.
Barnsley vs Bradford Prediction
The Bantams have one of the worst away records in the league. They have been winless in 20 of their last 24 matches and conceded goals in 21 of these 24. Daniel Stendel’s men, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last 17 home-ties in a row.
The hosts will also be fuming as their FA Cup exit is still fresh in their memories. The players, as well as the fans, need some immediate change in mood, and cruel though it may, what better way to overcome a trauma than to decimate a struggling side that is even handicapped with the away status.
The Tykes will the match convincingly, and possibly with a huge score. They will keep a clean sheet for sure as the players will want to take no chance at all. Expect them to work on early and secure both the halves.
Barnsley vs Bradford Betting Tips
To Win to Nil: Barnsley @ 2.50 (3/2)
To Win Both Halves: Barnsley @ 3.75 (11/4).