Barnsley vs Newcastle
England League Championship
Date: Tuesday, 18th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Oakwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
The Championship has been a Division that has proved very competitive through the last few seasons and this one is going to be no different by all accounts. That means fast starts don't mean anything as Barnsley are beginning to find out after slipping down the League table following another defeat on Saturday.
They are now down to 11th in the Championship table and the 16 points earned by Barnsley means they are now just 6 points clear of the bottom three. Avoiding relegation has remained the goal despite the positive start to the season and Barnsley will be looking to the record at Oakwell to do that. The side have a 3-1-2 record at home where they have scored 13 goals and conceded 9.
Since thumping Wolves 0-4 in early September, Barnsley have failed to win any of their next 5 games and they have been beaten in 4 of those games. They have lost 2 of their last 3 home games and have not won any of those games, while Barnsley need to pick themselves up from the 2-4 home defeat to Fulham at the weekend.
There won't be many people betting against the current top two teams in the Championship being in that position in May and moving back up to the Premier League. Norwich City and Newcastle United have looked the best teams in the Division, but it was The Magpies who were clear favourites to win the League title.
The side are up to 2nd in the Championship and they are trailing Norwich City by a point and Newcastle United are also a point clear of Huddersfield Town. The Magpies have a very good 4-1-1 record away from home in the League where they have scored 11 goals and only conceded 2.
Newcastle United were beaten 0-2 by Wolves in a surprising League defeat, but they have recovered with a run of 5 games unbeaten and they have won 4 of those including the last 3 in a row. They have been very impressive away from home since losing at Fulham on the opening weekend of the season, and Newcastle United beat Rotherham United 0-1 in their latest away game.
Barnsley vs Newcastle: Head-to-Head Stats
The two recent league meetings between these sides happened during the Championship season of 2009/10. Newcastle earned a massive 6-1 win when the sides met at St. James Park that season, but have to satisfy with a point as Barnsley held them to a 2-2 draw in the reverse leg.
Newcastle are unbeaten in the three competitive meetings against Barnsley, with a third meeting ending in a 2-0 win in the League Cup clash of 2007/08.
Barnsley vs Newcastle: Prediction
Barnsley are in the middle of a major collapse and all their good work at the start of the season has gone in vain. Four defeats in the last five win-less run of matches have certainly damaged their morale and confidence. They are bound to struggle once again, especially when coming against a well-organized and tactically sound side like Newcastle United.
At the same time, Barnsley have scored in every home match this season which and currently have 11 goals to their name from 5 home matches. And they are very likely to break Newcastle’s United in this mid-week’s fixture. Therefore, one can expect this to be high scoring game with Newcastle coming away with a comfortable win.
Barnsley vs Newcastle: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 1.85
Both Teams to Score at 1.83
Newcastle to win at 1.75.