Barnsley vs Middlesbrough
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 14th October 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Barnsley and Middlesbrough will tackle each other in a Saturday fixture. The visitors are slowly climbing the table and will be looking to pick up 3 points to get closer to the promotion they desire.
Barnsley took 3 points last time they played at the expense of Millwall. They took the lead just before half time as Bradshaw found the net. The Lion then equalized just to concede twice more. Bradshaw was clinical for a second time in the game while Thiam scored a penalty for the full time result of 1-3.
Boro failed to win yet again before the break. They were expected to pick the points at home against Brentford but the visitors took a point. Boro were losing twice in the score but Fabio and Braithwaite ensured that at least the game won’t be a defeat. The final result of 2-2 was probably the rightful outcome.
Form and Tactical Analysis
The team currently sits on 18th palce in the table with just 11 points. Its not the worst record but clearly shows Barnsley could easily get into danger with a losing streak. The team looks inconsistent so far. The real problem looks to lie with the defensive line as it concedes rather easy. The team has kept just a single clean sheet this season and by the looks of it this will be their main weakness.
Barnsley played in a 4-5-1 formation last game with Bradshaw leading the line. The striker showed confidence and helped his team with 2 goals after getting benched against QPR.
Boro are still trying to find their form. 11th place and 4 points behind the play-offs gives a decent position to attack the promotion. Still with the performances of late Middlesbrough are losing ground under their feet. They are on a 3 games winless run and the team needs to pick up pace again else they risk to get further away from their aim.
They tend to play with a 4-4-2 formation. The expensive signing Assombalonga leads the line and is heavily depended upon for goals.
Barnsley vs Middlesbrough: Head to head
The visitors have won all of the last 3 games between the sides – 4-0, 2-0 and 3-1.
Overall in the last 10 games Barnsley have 4 victories, Boro 5 and theres just a single draw.
The last time these two met was in 2015 when they played In the FA cup and in a preseason friendly.
Barnsley vs Middlesbrough: Prediction
This game may go either way but the visitors are more likely to make something happen. Barnsley are capable of scoring to any opponent but their defensive line leaks easy goals. Boro are slight favourites here with both teams finding the net also looking like a prime candidate for a good bet.