EFL Championship leader Bristol City head to Oakwell Stadium on Saturday to face off with Barnlsey. Bristol City are a perfect 12 points from 12 on offer. The Robins are flying high in the EFL Championship and have outscored opponents 8-2 in four games.
Barnsley have their work cut out for them. The Tykes took just one point from 12 possible before the international break. They would be in the bottom three heading into matchday 5. However, Sheffield Wednesday’s 12-point deduction for breaking profitability and sustainability rules has Barnsley just outside the bottom three.
The Tykes scored a mere one goal in four games played. They have allowed just five goals against, but a lack of scoring has seen them struggle to collect points. Barnsley were nearly relegated at the end of last season, but rescued themselves on the final day of the campaign. Barnsley were held scoreless in their opening three games and their only goal came on matchday 4 in a loss to Middlesbrough, 2-1.
Bristol City have won to nil twice. They have a great record against Barnsley in recent meetings. Since 2016, the clubs met six times with Bristol City claiming three wins, three draws, and zero losses. Can the Robins continue their form versus Barnsley?
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Bristol City’s last trip to Oakwell Stadium ended in a 2-2 draw versus Barnsley. Bristol City opened the scoring in the game through defender Ashley Williams. Forward Andreas Weimann doubled Bristol City’s lead on 71 minutes. From there, Barnsley made a comeback with goals from Aapo Halme and Cauley Woodrow in the final 13 minutes.
Their reverse fixture at Ashton Gate finished 1-0 in favour of Bristol City. It took the Robins until the 87th minute to get the winner courtesy of Niclas Eliasson.
Bristol City have scored four goals while conceding just once on the road this term. They won 2-0 versus Stoke City and 2-1 against Nottingham Forest. Barnsley, on the other hand, took just one point from six to open the campaign at Oakwell Stadium. A 1-0 loss to Luton Town was followed by a nil-nil draw with Coventry City.
While Bristol City won three of their last six games in the EFL Championship versus Barnsley dating back to 2016, they have not won at Oakwell in that same amount of time. The last three times Bristol City and Barnsley met at Oakwell Stadium finished in draws. Five of the last six matches between the teams ended with both sides scoring goals. Meanwhile, five of those six fixtures finished with over 2.5 goals scored.
Barnsley vs Bristol City Team News
Barnsley sacked manager Gerhard Struber on October 6th. Adam Murray is overseeing the team this weekend. Barnsley have been known as a “Moneyball” team thanks to being co-owned by famed American baseball executive Billy Beane. The team’s ascension to the EFL Championship in 2019 was based on signing good players that were undervalued in League One. After changing managers and moving players out after gaining promotion, they have struggled.
The Tykes signed midfielder Herbie Kane on a permanent contract this week from Liverpool. Kane spent six years with Liverpool in their academy and playing with the under-23 time before moving to Barnsley. Caretaker boss Murray is without Ben Williams due to a long-term ACL injury. He is the only player missing in action this weekend.
Bristol City manager Dean Holden took over the club in a caretaker role in the summer. He is now the permanent boss and his addition has been a success. Bristol City have been near the top of the EFL Championship table in recent seasons. With Holden as manager, they could finally achieve their objective of promotion.
Holden has just one player suffering with an injury. Tomas Kalas has a shoulder issue but could be back after resting during the international break.
Barnsley vs Bristol City Prediction
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Two of Bristol City’s four games in the EFL Championship in 2020-21 ended with under 2.5 goals scored. They are a good defensive team under Holden, conceding just twice in four games. Barnsley have scored a single goal in four matches. Three of their four games in the EFL Championship ended with under 2.5 goals tallied.
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Bristol City have recorded two wins to nil in four games in the EFL Championship. Barnsley failed to score in three straight league games to kick off the campaign. They are not a good goalscoring team. The last time Barnsley and Bristol City met in the EFL Championship; the latter claimed a win to nil. The Robins’ defence is playing well and should keep playing well.
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Andreas Weimann is tied for the Bristol City lead in goals scored. He has two goals in four games heading into the game, and claimed the winner versus Barnsley at Ashton Gate last season. The forward scored a goal versus Nottingham Forest on matchday 4 and is in fine form. Weimann is in the last season of his current Bristol City contract. He will be hungry to keep up his form to earn a new deal at Bristol City or with another EFL Championship, possibly Premier League, team next summer. Weimann has scored 21 career goals and 12 assists in 98 games for Bristol City.
Can Barnsley end their winless run against Bristol City and their winless run in the EFL Championship? They are not a very good side and with one goal scored this season, it is unlikely Barnsley will defeat the EFL Championship’s top team.
Bristol City have drawn their last three games versus Barnsley at Oakwell. They should claim a victory this time around with a win to nil away from home. Holden will keep the Robins going and at the top of the table with a victory.
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