This weekends Championship fixtures kick off tonight as Barnsley host Bournemouth at Oakwell. No fans will be able to return for this mach as Barnsley still sits in tier three.
Barnsley sit in 15th in the Championship table and come into this game on the back a 2-1 win at Birmingham. The Tykes have won five and lost three in their last eight matches. They have lost just one if their last six home games, a narrow 1-0 loss to Brentford.
Bournemouth are currently in second, one point behind leaders Norwich. After a run of three wins they drew at Rotherham and then lost at home to Preston. The loss to Preston was just their second defeat of the season.
These two sides haven’t met since 2014 when Bournemouth won 1-0 at Oakwell. That day Steve Cook scored a 94th minute winner for the Cherries. Although the sides have not met very often in recent years Barnsley’s last win came in 2004 with a 3-1 win at the Vitality Stadium.
Ben Williams and Jordan Williams will both miss the game against Bournemouth. Elliot Simoes remains a doubt after coming off in the match against Cardiff City.
For Bournemouth Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jack Stacy will miss out. Arnaut Danjuma and Josh King are both doubtful to return to the side.
Valerien Ismael has called for his players to be more ruthless in games, speaking to the press ahead of the game:
“When we play every three days, it can be very dangerous for us. We must become more ruthless.
“We know this and work with the guys on it. We must improve. For sure, we need the next step in this game tomorrow with more efficiency to avoid mistakes and be more ruthless.”
Despite Bournemouth’s quality Ismael believes his side can win this game:
“Bournemouth is a very big side with high quality, a Premier League club until this season and we expect another tough game.
“But we have prepared the guys, they know what to expect on Friday and if we can be more clinical, more ruthless and continue to work hard for each other, we will be a strong opponent.
“We go into every game trying to win, tomorrow is no different.”
Jason Tindle spoke to the media ahead of this fixture and is looking for his side to bounce back after a disappointing result at Preston:
“Certainly of the back of a disappointing result you want the next game to come around quickly, to go out and deliver a good performance. You know hopefully a winning performance.
“We certainly got that opportunity now tomorrow evening we know we need to go there and deliver a better all round performance then we did we did against Preston.”
Tindle knows his side will face a difficult task as they head to Barnsley this evening.
Speaking on his opponents:
“A team that’s got a lot fight, a team that’s gonna make it very difficult for us , a team that’s very hard to break down and a team that’s gonna play to win the game.
“So we gotta go there were not going to underestimate them
in any way and we gotta go there and deliver a performance that’s worthy of winning the game.”
For Barnsley striker Cauley Woodrow has picked up six goals and three assists so far this season. The striker has a Whoscored.com rating of 7.12 with an average of 3.6 shots per game and 2.8 aerials won.
Dominic Solanke has been in fine form for Bournemouth with a Whoscored.com rating of 7.25. He has five goals and three assists for the season.
Prediction: Barnsley 1-2 Bournemouth
Barnsley pulled off a good comeback win at Birmingham but Bournemouth will have too much quality. After a defeat to Preston expect Bournemouth to put in a better performance tonight to keep their promotion push going.