Barnsley vs Stoke City
England – Championship
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
The Tykes are one of the three teams that stayed unbeaten in the past five match-days in the league. They have improved their form quite a bit in the last several games, and are gunning for a spot in the top-most tier, with playoffs being the obvious target.
As of now they have a fixture in hand, and they need a surplus of just four points to get into the top-six.
Moreover, the sixth-placed Bournemouth and the seventh-placed Cardiff are pitted against each other this game week, which gives Valerien Ismael’s men further opportunity to climb up the table.
Meanwhile, the Potters have secured wins in the last two league matches, but those were against some of the worst teams in the Championship.
Overall, Michael O’Neil’s men have been struggling to show any kind of form, and especially on the road they have been struggling.
On top of that, the Tykes have also been in impressive form at home in recent past.
By the looks of things, expect Barnsley to have the edge this Wednesday.
However, note that the Potters have a great h2h record against this foe over the years, and they have consistently scored goals against them.
As such, anticipate the BTTS bet to make good returns.
Barnsley vs Stoke: Head-to-head (h2h)
- O’Neil’s men had recorded four of the former five overall wins.
- They have scored two or more goals in six of the past eight meetings, and scored four or more goals in two of the preceding three fixtures.
- However, the hosts have a 100% unbeaten record at this stadium since 1989, barring a single defeat.
- The home team has scored two or more goals in 100% of encounters in the period.
Barnsley vs Stoke Prediction
Ismael’s men recorded a 0-1 win on the road the last match-day, against Bristol City. In the meantime, the Potters recorded a 3-0 win at home the past game week, against Luton.
Going on, the Tykes are on a three-fixture winning run, and were unbeaten in seven of their preceding nine appearances at home. Note that six of these were wins as well.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in 14 of their last 17 overall games, and they are on a seven-fixture winless run on the road. In fact, their latest victory away from home had come in 2020, and it was against the dead-last placed Wycombe.
Likely, expect Barnsley to be the better team on the pitch this Wednesday.
Be that as it may, notice that O’Neil’s men have a superior h2h record against this rival, and they have scored in plenty over the years.
For the reasons, expect Stoke to find the back of the net at least once.
Barnsley vs Stoke: Betting Tips
Barnsley to Win @ 2.40 (7/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1).