Bet365 tips Saturday’s league clash predictions between Bristol City and Barnsley, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Without manager Bristol City will try to put an end to a six-game losing streak when they receive Barnsley to Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.
The Robins lost 2-0 to Reading in the middle of the week and enter this game three points behind Barnsley, who won two consecutive matches.
Tuesday’s defeat against Reading proved to be the last straw with the separation of the City boss Dean Holden after only six months in office.
City not only lost six consecutive games, they also suffered 15 conceded and scored just twice. In fact, the Robins have been unable to find the network in each of the last four games.
The search for a new manager is already underway, with Michael Appleton and Paul Cook considered favorites to take on.
Assistant managers Paul Simpson and Keith Downing will prepare to manage Saturday’s clash with Barnsley, which appears to be yet another difficult test for City in the recent form.
Barnsley followed his impressive win against Brentford – ending the Bees’ unbeaten 22 league games – with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers midweek.
Carlton Morris scored his second goal in so many games to put Barnsley ahead and Alex Mowatt added a second, before Adam Armstrong pulled back a consolation right after death.
The Tykes have been unbeaten for four league games, having drawn 2-2 with Cardiff City and 0-0 with Nottingham Forest.
In fact, since Valerien Ismael for the first time in October, only Norwich City (14), Brentford (13) and Swansea City (13) won more league games than Barnsley (12).
However, Ismael’s men are unbeaten in 10 league games with Bristol City, in a streak dating back to September 2012, six of those matches ended in a draw.
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City remain without several players for Saturday’s game, with Andreas Weimann, Chris Martin, Alfie Mawson, Callum O’Dowda, Jay Dasilva and Joe Williams nursing injuries.
Adam Nagy and Adrian Mariappa were called back to the loss to Reading, and the interim duo Simpson and Downing will undoubtedly want to put their own style on things.
As for visitors, Ben Williams, Liam Kitching and Aapo Halme are among those absent in this game at Ashton Gate.
Cauley Woodrow Carlton Morris was preferred over Blackburn, but Blackburn scored again from the bench and is certainly in Ismael’s thoughts for a starting place.
Meanwhile, midfielder Alex Mowatt has been involved in six goals in his last 10 league games – three goals and three assists.
Possible initial lineup for Bristol City:
Bentley; Mariappa, Kalas, Moore; Semenyo, Palmer, Lansbury, Nagy, Hunt; Wells, Diedhiou
Possible initial Barnsley lineup:
Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Palmer, Mowatt, Styles; Chaplin, Adeboyejo; Morris
Probability: Bristol City 0-1 Barnsley
Since December 2016 and January 2017, Bristol City have not lost six consecutive league games.
Against a Barnsley team that is back in good shape, and with a new coach who should not be in charge before this game, we can see the losing streak continue for some more time.
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