Market: Barnsley win
Odds: 7/10 @ 888sport
Looking to extend on what has been a sensational purple patch, Barnsley will welcome Sheffield Wednesday to an empty Oakwell this weekend.
Starting with the hosts, putting in a thumping display in midweek and picking up a 3-1 romp against Wycombe on the road, Barnsley have only continued to shock many across The Championship. Enjoying a stunning bounce under Head Coach Valérien Ismaël, The Reds now have a play-off finish firmly at the top of their agenda. Skyrocketing their way up the table and now sat in pole position, there is no doubt that the mood around Oakwell should be at a red-hot high. Still boosted by that dramatic 3-2 win against fellow play-off hopefuls Bournemouth on the South Coast, Barnsley are unbeaten in England’s second-tier since January 19th. Also collecting a staggering 28 points from their last 10 Championship contests, they should be looking to extend on that tally on Saturday afternoon.
As for the visitors, throwing away the lead in midweek and having to settle for a point against Huddersfield on home soil, Sheffield Wednesday still appear to be freefalling towards League One. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures sat nine points adrift of safety, new boss Darren Moore has a real uphill battle on his hands. Without a win in their last eight straight Championship contests and managing to collect just a single point on their woeful run of form, The Owls also hold a real reputation for their issues on the road. Including a 3-0 drumming at Reading in their last matchup away from Hillsborough, Sheffield Wednesday have lost each of their last five Championship fixtures on the road. Given the huge recent gulf in class, we’re backing a similar home victory on Saturday afternoon.
Bet: Barnsley 7/10 to beat Sheffield Wednesday in Saturday’s Championship showdown @ 888sport
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