Foot Predictions features Wednesday’s championship clash between Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Barnsley to receive Blackburn Rovers to Oakwell on Wednesday night after finishing Brentford’s long championship unbeaten run.
The surprise victory over Bees drew Barnsley on points with his opponents in ninth place, who suffered consecutive defeats.
Limiting defeat at Chelsea in the FA Cup frustrated the Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael, who felt that his team could have defeated the Premier League giants.
However, the promise shown during that performance turned into a substantial return during the game against Brentford, with Barnsley ending a streak of five unsuccessful matches by defeating one of the best teams in the country.
While goals from Conor Chaplin and Carlton Morris proved to be the difference, Ismael would have been more satisfied with the clean record that was registered in the promotion candidates.
Barnsley is now part of a group of nine teams separated by just three points, offering the opportunity for a place in the top 10 and above with victory on Wednesday night.
Blackburn is also among the clubs looking to escape the competition for the top six, despite suffering two consecutive defeats in the championship.
Tony Mowbray I would have expected points to be won in the games against Queens Park Rangers and Preston North End, teams that are below them in the table.
However, losing both games and scoring just one goal in the process would remind Mowbray that being blessed with a talented team will not necessarily be enough to move up the ranks.
Although the Rovers now have one of the second division’s best lines of defense, they have not scored more than twice in a match since defeating 10-man Preston in Deepdale on 24 November.
Liverpool on loan Harvey Elliott, which has received rave reviews since moving to Ewood Park, is now goalless in its last 10 games in all competitions.
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Mowbray can make a number of changes to his Blackburn XI, including delivering recalls to Elliott and Ben Brereton.
Manchester City loan Taylor Harwood-Bellis it can also be called up to the starting team for its first start.
Ismael can choose to keep the changes to a minimum, having taken the chance to rest several of his Barnsley players over the weekend.
Cauley Woodrow it is more likely to return to the starting lineup, taking over from Morris in the final third.
Possible initial Barnsley lineup:
Walton; Andersen, Helik, Sollbauer; Brittain, Palmer, Mowatt, Styles; Chaplin, Woodrow, Dike
Possible initial lineup of Blackburn Rovers:
Kaminski; Harwood-Bellis, Lenihan, Branthwaite, Bell; Travis, Rothwell; Elliott, Dack, Brereton; Armstrong
Probability: Barnsley 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Playing his third game in less than a week, Barnsley may have to rely on adrenaline to repeat his exploits over the weekend. However, we feel that they will have enough in the tank to earn at least part of the spoils, a result that would not help in promoting either team.
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