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Barnsley vs Bolton Predictions & Tips - Tykes to Edge Trotters in League One Play-Offs

17 May 2023
Alex Waite 17 May 2023
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  • Barnsley vs Bolton predictions for Friday’s League One play-off match
  • The second leg is being played at Oakwell (20:00 BST)
  • Can the Tykes make the most of their home advantage?
Barnsley have won 9 of their last 11 home matches (Getty Images)

Barnsley vs Bolton Predictions

Barnsley were in control in the semi-final first leg and created a lot of chances. The Tykes have one of the best League One home records and can edge past Bolton with a second-leg win.
  • Barnsley vs Bolton Predictions
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  • Barnsley Form
  • Barnsley Injuries & Team News
  • Bolton Form
  • Bolton Injuries & Team News

  • Barnsley have won 9 of their last 11 home matches
  • Barnsley have seen BTTS in 2 of their last 3 matches
  • Barnsley have seen BTTS in their last 2 home matches against Bolton
  • Bolton have seen BTTS in their last 2 away matches


Bolton have an 18-13 advantage against Barnsley in 46 meetings with 15 draws.

Barnsley Form

Barnsley gave up a 1-0 lead in the play-off first leg against Bolton and drew 1-1. The Tykes had 19-7 shots and Nicky Cadden struck on 63 minutes before Bolton equalised minutes later.

Barnsley previously lost at Peterborough (2-0) and drew 4-4 at MK Dons before the play-offs. Michael Duff’s side finished fourth in League One and won 16 of their 23 home matches during the campaign. 

Barnsley Injuries & Team News

Barnsley have no injuries or suspensions.

Top scorer Devante Cole has scored 15 goals in 41 appearances and is expected to lead the lin. 

Bolton Form

Bolton came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 at home against Barnsley in the first-leg. Dion Charles equalised on 67 minutes with Bolton’s only shot on target.

The Trotters ended their season with back-to-back wins against Bristol away (3-2) and Fleetwood at home (2-0). Ian Evatt’s side finished fifth in League One and won just nine away games during the season. 

Bolton Injuries & Team News

Defender Jack Iredale and forward Jon Dadi Bödvarsson are out. 


Barnsley will take confidence from a commanding first-leg performance. The Tykes and Bolton score regularly and a BTTS home victory is tipped in the second leg.

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