Preston vs Barnsley
Date: Saturday, 1 May 2021
Kick-Off at 15.00 UK
Venue: Deepdale, Preston.
Preston will try and finish a generally dismal season on a high by maintaining the fine spell of form in the final two matches of the campaign.
The Lilywhites managed back-to-back clean-sheet wins over Derby County and Coventry and they’ve kept their net untouched in each of the last three Championship affairs.
Such rise in form moved them up to 14th place in the standings. A win on Saturday against Barnsley would see them break into the top half.
The Tykes are definitely the most pleasant surprise of the season. Nobody expected them to even finish the run in the top half before the kick off to the campaign, but they will feature promotional playoffs.
Barnsley could well finish fourth with a pair of victories in the last two rounds. It will be very interesting to see how they will cope with the stern defence of Preston’s this weekend.
Preston vs Barnsley Head-to-head
Barnsley lead the head to head tie by two wins going into the 25th encounter with the Lilywhites.
The Tykes came on top when the two sides locked horns in the first part of the season, back in mid-December last year when they clinched a 2-1 victory at the Oakwell.
Preston won only 4 of 12 home matches against the Tykes.
Preston vs Barnsley Prediction
In general, this match does not have massive significance for either team. Nevertheless, looking at their recent defensive displays, we can hardly imagine a high-scoring scenario on Thursday at the Deepdale.
The hosts kept three consecutive clean sheets, while the Tykes will go into this on the back of two separate 1-0 victories over Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United.
None of the last four games Barnsley played has produced three or more goals, while just two of Preston’s last ten league outings offered such a scenario.
We expect a tight affair and a goalless first half which is why draw at the half time looks sweet at the 2.10 odds. The Under 2.5 goals FT is thus a bet well worth backing at the odds of 1.72.
Preston vs Barnsley Bet Tips
Draw at the half time @ 2.10
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.72.