Barnsley hosts Stoke City in round 24 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Tuesday, March 8th at Oakwell (Barnsley)
Barnsley received a new owner not so long ago. And the Tykes were able to noticeably step up: they returned to the Championship and managed to gain a foothold there. And in the previous season, they managed to surprise everyone by getting to fifth place and even taking part in the playoffs. Now Barnsley is in the relegation zone, but the team has not parted with hopes of salvation yet. After a long streak of defeats, the Tykes gained several victories and got closer to the saving places. But in the last round, they lost to their direct competitor, Derby County. Now Barnsley is six points behind 21st place, and there is less and less time to keep a place in the Championship.
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Stoke City once had an unspoken status as a tough average performer in the Premier League. And the team even managed to make some noise in the cup. But after the Potters left the top division, they had few chances to qualify for the promotion. And now the picture is the same: by and large, there is nothing to fight for. Against this background, matches in the cup format became an outlet. In the League Cup, Stoke City managed to eliminate three opponents, including Watford, but then the team suffered a 1-2 home defeat from Brentford. Then the Potters knocked out Leyton Orient (in January) and Wigan (in February) from the FA Cup. They also offered decent battle to Crystal Palace, but the representative of the Premier League won 2-1. Last weekend, Michael O’Neill’s men hosted Blackpool and lost again (0-1). It was their third defeat in a row. Stoke City is moving to a lower part of the standings, but it seems that the team is not particularly worried about this. All the same, there will be no relegation, and the Potters will probably not manage to climb into the top six.
Stoke City had an unbeaten streak of five head-to-head matches. But 2021 was more successful for Barnsley, which won 2-0 in February and bounced back in the away match in September. Experts consider the Potters to be the favorites of the upcoming game. But they are out of shape. It is better to choose a neutral option in the form of Under 2.5 goals scored.