Middlesbrough vs Barnsley Prediction & Match Preview

Middlesbrough vs Barnsley
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 3 October 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium.

The Tykes were the last safe team in the Championship the last season, as they avoided relegation by a single point. They have so far shown no indication of an improvement, and are on a 100% winless record in the competition at present.

And worryingly, they are yet to score their first goal in the contest as well.

However, they are due for a break – as they are about to take on the struggling Boro. Neil Warnock’s men are also on a winless run till now in the league, and importantly they had lost their EFL Cup fixture against this same opponent just two weeks back.

Likely, expect Gerhard Struber’s men to have a chance at delivering a good performance this weekend. They are desperate for it as well, as they would not have many such opportunities going forward.

As such, we could count on them to score at least once this weekend.

However, it’s to be noted that the Boro have a good h2h record against this opponent, and that they are at home. At this venue, they really do have an impressive face-to-face record over this rival over the past three decades.

For the reasons, expect Middlesbrough to find the back of the net as well.

Middlesbrough vs Barnsley: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The Tykes are on a two-game winning run, and have a 100% winning record in 2020.
  • However, Warnock’s men had recorded five of the previous seven overall wins.
  • At this stadium, the guests have won just twice in the past 28 years.
  • The hosts are on a three-game winning run at this stadium in the Championship.

Middlesbrough vs Barnsley: Prediction

The Boro were held to a 1-1 draw on the road the last match-day by QPR. In the meantime, Struber’s men were held to a goalless draw at home by Coventry.

However, the Tykes had defeated Warnock’s men in their EFL Cup game with a 2-0 scorecard, and that too just two weeks back. They also had won their earlier h2h match-up in 2020 – and that was a win to nil too.

Likely, Struber’s men have clear upper hand against this foe in 2020. As such, it’s logical to think that they would find the back of the net this Saturday.

Going on though, the Boro have a phenomenal h2h record at this venue against this rival. In fact, over the past 28 years, they have been defeated here just twice in such games.

On top of all that, they would also be desperate to put an end to their winless run.

Coupling all of these factors along with the defensive woes of either squad – expect a goal-fest at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough vs Barnsley: Betting Tips

  • Both Teams to Score @ 1.83 (5/6)
  • Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.00 (1/1).