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Prediction: Barnsley v Birmingham City

Bet365 Tips previews Saturday’s championship clash between Barnsley and Birmingham City, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.

Barnsley host Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon, looking to extend his streak of six consecutive Championship victories.

While the Tykes entered the playoff contest, the Blues remain just three points above the batting zone, despite accumulating seven points in four games.

Match analysis

For every week that Barnsley spends in the race for the top six, hope is turning into anticipation for the club’s fans, who are beginning to dream of an unlikely return to the Premier League.

Valerien Ismael and your team will love the opportunity to remain underdogs in competition with clubs that have made a budget to be promoted to the top flight.

However, six consecutive wins, the last one against the Queens Park Rangers in the middle of the week, placed the Tykes three points from fifth place.

Barnsley scored three goals at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, his best comeback since the end of October.

Carlton Morris and Daryl Dike have already contributed six goals since their arrival in January, keeping them as potential creators of differences at the end of the campaign.

Birmingham City's Marc Roberts celebrates after scoring his first goal against Huddersfield Town on March 2, 2021

As far as Birmingham is concerned, they make their second trip to Yorkshire within a week after drawing 1-1 in Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

Aitor Karanka I would have expected more against opponents who have been lost since the turn of the year, but it represented another point won in a lost position.

There could have been few complaints with the Spanish team’s selection after he called the star Alen Halilovic to the starting line-up, a reward for the Croatian’s sublime victory against QPR over the weekend.

However, with Rotherham United just three points behind the Blues with two games to spare, Karanka may have to reconsider his plans now that the club is a defeat from falling into the relegation zone.

Barnsley Championship form: WWWWWW

Birmingham City Championship form: LLWLWD

All news from the teams

Birmingham City Manager Aitor Karanka, photographed on January 10, 2021

Despite having an extra day of recovery, Karanka can still try to make changes to his Birmingham team.

Gary Gardner could be preferred to Harper Rekeem, While Jonathan Leko and Scott Hogan they are alternatives in the final third of the field.

Barnsley boss Ismael is due to switch to Saturday’s game, bringing in players like Michael Sollbauer and Morris.

Herbie Kane it is also an option in midfield if Ismael opts for new legs due to the three-day turnaround.

Possible initial lineup of Barnsley:
Collins; Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Palmer, Mowatt, Styles; Chaplin, Morris, Woodrow

Possible starting lineup for Birmingham City:
Etheridge; Colin, Roberts, Dean, Pedersen; Gardener; Sanchez, Halilovic, Sunjic, Bela; Jutkiewicz

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Probability: Barnsley 2-0 Birmingham City

Birmingham have outperformed the top teams this season, something that will only encourage them before their trip to Oakwell. However, we are supporting the home team to continue to add the maximum points, maintaining a game without conceding goals.

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