Market: West Brom win
Odds: 10/11 @ 888sport
Desperate to make it three Championship wins on the bounce, West Brom will make the trip to a struggling Barnsley on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Barnsley might have shocked many across the Championship last season as they landed a play-off spot, the Reds have rather drastically failed to keep up that momentum. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat at the heart of a relegation scrap and already eight points adrift of safety, Poya Asbaghi’s men were last seen putting in another downbeat display. Suffering a worrying 2-1 loss away at Preston, the Yorkshire-based outfit have now failed to win any of their previous six Championship contests. Likewise, Friday’s hosts have remarkably recorded just a single victory since way back on August 14th. Knowing that they could face a stern test on home soil here, it should also be noted that Asbaghi’s men have recorded just a single win at Oakwell in their last 10 attempts.
As for the visitors, while West Brom might have shown a host of inconsistencies on either side of November’s international break, the Baggies have managed to find a much-needed boost. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures now sat just three points adrift of finding a route back into the automatic promotion spots, Valérien Ismaël’s side have collected back-to-back wins against Reading and Coventry. In the midst of a four-match unbeaten run, the returning Barnsley boss will also be boosted by his side’s recent displays at the back. It should be noted, West Brom have conceded just a single goal on their recent four-match unbeaten run. Smelling the chance to keep up their recent momentum when they make the trip to Oakwell on Friday night, we’re backing an away victory here.
Bet: West Brom 10/11 to beat Barnsley in Friday’s Championship contest @ 888sport
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