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Barnsley vs Stoke City Predictions

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Stoke City

Both Teams To Score - No

17/20odds when tipped
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Stoke City 1-0

6/1odds when tipped
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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in only two of Stoke’s last ten matches
  • Barnsley have failed to score in four of their last seven games
  • The Tykes have netted only eight goals in 12 league outings at Oakwell this season

Barnsley deep in trouble

It has been a tough season for Barnsley who have failed to live up to the lofty heights they scaled last year when reaching the Championship play-offs.

Goals have been their main issue. Their total of 16 scored comfortably the lowest in the division, with Markus Schopp’s side unable to net in three of their last four home fixtures.

Even the FA Cup on Saturday failed to provide some relief for the Tykes, who needed extra-time to beat League Two side Barrow 5-4 in the third round.

The extra 30 minutes played at Oakwell over the weekend will have further sapped the energy out of a struggling side who are deep in the relegation zone and are not expected to pull up any trees in this fixture.

Stoke pushing for the play-offs

Stoke on the other hand are well positioned to mount a challenge for a play-off position and picked up a routine 2-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup third round over the weekend.

That was their sixth clean sheet in their last ten matches, while they have only conceded once in their last four matches, a 1-0 defeat at Ashton Gate against Bristol City.

This is actually a first away game for Michael O’Neill’s side since December 5th, but both teams have scored in only one of their previous five on the road.

Neither team is particularly fluent in front of goal, so I predict both teams will not score over the 90 minutes, selecting a narrow 1-0 victory to Stoke as a correct score.

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