Soccer betting preview: Barnsley welcomes Stoke City in what could be a tight duel

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Competition: England Championship
Competition: Wed 24.February
Match begins: 19:00 (UTC)
Venue: Oakwell Stadium (23287 seats)

Getting closer to the top teams is at stake when these two mid-table clubs battle it out. Both will be aiming to improve their league table standing, Barnsley in 10th and Stoke City in 9th place.

Insights:
  • Barnsley have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Stoke City has the most clean sheets (9) away in Championship

There’s little time for restitution or working hard at the training pitch these days, with both teams having played their last game less than four days ago.

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Barnsley form and stats

7 victories, 3 draws and 4 defeats. That’s what Barnsley have to build on here at Oakwell Stadium in the Championship.

Barnsley enjoyed a nice away win last time out, playing at Bristol City's place. The match ended 1-0 with Carlton Morris scoring. Ahead of that match, Barnsley won a home game hosting Blackburn Rovers (2-1).

The victory against Bristol City came after Carlton Morris's winning goal. The Barnsley manager V. Ismaël was very happy afterwards with the decision to bring on that player in the 57th minute.

This is expected to be a close game, with Barnsley perhaps considered small favourites due to their home advantage. Looking back at earlier matches similar to this one (expected to be close with Barnsley as a small favourite), we find 21 games. Barnsley has won ten of these, drawn seven and lost four.

Some members of the home team might already be thinking of their next match, the Championship game versus Millwall in only three days. This game is also played here at Oakwell Stadium.

Barnsley are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 18 goals in 14 games. On the other hand, Barnsley have conceded 16 goals.

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Stoke City form and stats

Playing away, Stoke City, who have the most clean sheets (9) away in Championship, have won 4 games, drawn 8 and suffered 3 defeats in the Championship this season.

190 minutes! That's how long the Stoke City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and his defense have shut out their league opponents.

Stoke won their last game, 3-0 versus Luton Town played at home. That result followed a home victory 1-0 versus Sheffield Wednesday.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Stoke City playing away and similar expectations, we found 14 relevant matches. Results were two Stoke City wins, four draws and eight defeats.

There might be some complaints about the fixture list from the Stoke City manager M. O'Neill as the team has another away game coming up in only three days, this time against Brentford.

The visiting Stoke have scored more than one goal per away game in the league so far. The grand total is 15 goals from 15 games. It's not easy to score on Stoke City as they have only conceded 14 goals from these away games. It's worth mentioning that 8 of these goals has been conceded in their last 3 away matches.

Head 2 Head

The two sides played each other earlier this season: Stoke City - Barnsley 2-2. Last seven meetings between the teams: Barnsley won one, Stoke City won two and four draws. five games with over 2,5 goals, two matches with two goals or less.

Top Goalscorers

Stoke CityN. Powell
N. Powell
10 goals
BarnsleyC. Woodrow
C. Woodrow
9 goals
Stoke CityS. Fletcher
S. Fletcher
8 goals

Barnsley missing players

Stoke City missing players

Barnsley Stoke City
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
30 14 5 Played P 5 15 31
13 7 3 Won W 2 4 11
6 3 1 Drew D 3 8 12
11 4 1 Lost L 0 3 8
34 18 9 Scored S 4 15 37
35 16 5 Conceded C 1 14 33
93% 93% 100% Over 0.5 O 0.5 60% 67% 81%
73% 71% 80% Over 1.5 O 1.5 40% 53% 58%
50% 57% 80% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 27% 35%
13% 21% 20% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 20% 23%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 20% 19%
43% 43% 60% BTTS BTTS 20% 33% 42%
27% 29% 20% Clean Sheets C S 80% 60% 48%
37% 36% 20% Failed to Score F T 40% 40% 29%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.4 1.4 1.2 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1.8 1.8 1.7
2 0 0 Red cards R C 1 2 3
 
10.9 11.9 14 Shots (avg) S ( 11.2 9.3 10
3.5 4.4 5.4 Shots on Target (avg) S O 3 2.4 3
32% 30% 33% Goal Efficiency G E 27% 42% 40%
Key stats in Championship this season:
  • Barnsley have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Stoke City has the most clean sheets (9) away in Championship

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Norwich City 31 19 7 5 42 24 16 10 5 1 22 9 15 9 2 4 20 15 18 64
2 Brentford 31 16 9 6 56 34 15 8 5 2 29 17 16 8 4 4 27 17 22 57
3 Watford 31 16 9 6 40 21 16 12 2 2 32 12 15 4 7 4 8 9 19 57
4 Swansea City 29 16 8 5 37 19 15 9 5 1 19 6 14 7 3 4 18 13 18 56
5 Reading 31 15 6 10 44 36 16 9 0 7 24 20 15 6 6 3 20 16 8 51
6 AFC Bournemouth 31 13 10 8 45 30 15 9 3 3 26 14 16 4 7 5 19 16 15 49
7 Cardiff City 31 13 7 11 46 33 16 6 3 7 27 19 15 7 4 4 19 14 13 46
8 Middlesbrough 31 13 7 11 36 31 15 8 2 5 18 14 16 5 5 6 18 17 5 46
9 Stoke City 31 11 12 8 37 33 16 7 4 5 22 19 15 4 8 3 15 14 4 45
10 Barnsley 30 13 6 11 34 35 14 7 3 4 18 16 16 6 3 7 16 19 -1 45
11 Millwall 31 9 15 7 30 27 16 3 10 3 15 13 15 6 5 4 15 14 3 42
12 Blackburn Rovers 30 11 6 13 43 34 14 6 4 4 21 15 16 5 2 9 22 19 9 39
13 Queens Park Rangers 29 10 9 10 30 34 15 6 4 5 16 16 14 4 5 5 14 18 -4 39
14 Preston North End 31 12 3 16 34 42 15 4 2 9 11 16 16 8 1 7 23 26 -8 39
15 Bristol City 31 12 3 16 29 42 16 7 2 7 14 16 15 5 1 9 15 26 -13 39
16 Luton Town 30 10 7 13 23 34 14 5 5 4 16 16 16 5 2 9 7 18 -11 37
17 Nottingham Forest 31 9 9 13 26 31 16 5 6 5 15 14 15 4 3 8 11 17 -5 36
18 Huddersfield Town 31 10 6 15 38 45 16 8 2 6 24 17 15 2 4 9 14 28 -7 36
19 Derby County 30 9 7 14 22 32 15 4 4 7 9 16 15 5 3 7 13 16 -10 34
20 Coventry City 31 8 10 13 29 42 16 6 6 4 17 17 15 2 4 9 12 25 -13 34
21 Birmingham City 31 7 10 14 22 37 15 2 3 10 9 24 16 5 7 4 13 13 -15 31
22 Rotherham United 29 8 5 16 33 40 14 4 3 7 20 20 15 4 2 9 13 20 -7 29
23 Sheffield Wednesday 30 9 7 14 21 32 15 6 5 4 12 9 15 3 2 10 9 23 -11 28
24 Wycombe Wanderers 30 4 8 18 22 51 15 2 5 8 9 19 15 2 3 10 13 32 -29 20

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The English Football League Championship (usually shortened to the Championship) is the second highest division in the English football league system. 24 teams play 46 fixtures from August to May, meeting each other twice. The Championship is the wealthiest second-level division in the world.