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Barnsley vs Reading Predictions & Tips - Barnsley to continue their promotion pursuit with a win

  • Barnsley vs Reading predictions for Friday’s English Championship match
  • The game is being played at 5.30pm BST at the Oakwell Stadium
  • Barnsley have won 9 of their last 11 league matches
  • I am tipping a Barnsley win
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Matthew Crichton 31 Mar 2021
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Barnsley vs Reading Predictions

Barnsley are on a highly impressive run of form under Valerien Ismael and have burst into the playoff positions. This should be an excellent match between two promotion candidates with Barnsley likely to emerge as victors.

  • Barnsley have won 9 of their last 11 matches (Championship).
  • Barnsley have scored 2+ goals in 7 of their last 11 matches (Championship).
  • Barnsley’s Carlton Morris has scored 2 goals in his last 3 matches (Championship).
  • Reading have lost 2 of their last 4 away matches (Championship).
  • Reading have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 3 matches (Championship).

Head to Head

Reading have a 31-26 advantage against Barnsley with 20 draws in 77 matches. 

Barnsley Form

Barnsley are currently fifth in the Championship, five points above Bournemouth in seventh place. They are very difficult to beat at Oakwell, only losing two home fixtures so far in 2021.

Ismeal’s side surprisingly lost their last fixture 2-1 to struggling Sheffield Wednesday, but that was their first defeat in 12 league matches, nine of which they won. 

Barnsley have scored in 11 of their last 13 matches, scoring 2+ goals in eight of those games.

Barnsley Injuries & Team News

Barnsley’s sole injury concern is centre-back Liam Kitching who was been sidelined since January.

Polish defender Michal Helik will return from international duty on Thursday, so that may come too soon for him to feature on Friday night.

Carlton Morris has scored twice off the bench in his last three matches and could get a start here.

Reading Form

Reading currently sit 6th on the Championship table as they continue to struggle to maintain the form that saw them top the league after 11 matches. 

Veljko Paunović’s side seemed to turn a corner after winning three consecutive matches without conceding, but in their last three games they failed to beat Nottingham Forest, Birmingham, and Queens Park Rangers. 

During those three matches, Reading failed to keep a clean sheet and failed to score more than one goal.

Reading Injuries & Team News

Defenders Michael Morrison and Andy Yiadom are likely to return, but Tom McIntyre will miss out. 

In midfield, John Swift and Felipe Araruna will both miss the match through injury, plus Alfa Semedo may have to quarantine on his return from international duty with Guinea-Bissau.

Liam Moore and George Puskas could be rested following their international matches with Jamaica and Romania. 

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Barnsley’s turnaround in form has been magnificent and they are tipped to beat playoff rivals Reading at Oakwell.

Barnsley’s Carlton Morris has scored two goals in his last three appearances off the bench and is backed to score again.

Best Bet: Barnsley Win Full Time Result @130.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
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Value Bet: Carlton Morris Anytime Goalscorer @335.00 at Unibet - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: Barnsley Win 2-1 Correct Score @1000.0 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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