Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Relegation-threatened Barnsley host a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship.
Last time: The points were shared in the last meeting, when the sides drew 1-1 in Sheffield back in October.
This time: Barnsley are 27/18 to pick up a big win, the draw is at 12/5 and an away win for Sheffield Wednesday is priced at 15/8.
You might remember: The last time Barnsley beat Wednesday back in 2009, when Jamal Campbell-Rice scored the only goal in a 1-0 away win for the Tykes.
Barnsley's Last Six:
Barnsley’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4
This will be Barnsley’s first game without manager Paul Heckingbottom, who has taken a new job at Leeds. Paul Harsley has been installed as caretaker manager and will take charge of the home side for this game.
Sheffield Wednesday's Last Six:
Sheffield Wednesday’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 3 Lost: 1
After Marco Matias received a straight red card in the first half of Wednesday’s last game against Birmingham, Daniel Pudil was then sent off for a second bookable offence, meaning both players are suspended for this match.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Both Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday are in a relegation battle, and three points here would do wonders for their respective seasons. Barnsley sit in 21st place only one point above the drop zone while Wednesday are in 17th, just seven points above the bottom three.
Barnsley are priced at 28/17 and the bookmakers look to have this down as a very close game to call. The Tykes have won just once in their last 16 matches in all competitions and are without a victory at home since the start of November. Sitting just one point above the relegation zone means that every game is important at this stage of the season and against another side near the bottom in Sheffield Wednesday, a victory could be crucial.
The away side have struggled for wins in recent weeks, picking up just two in their last 14 league games. However, the Owls are the draw specialists in the Championship, with 12 in total and have the same amount of losses as ninth placed Middlesbrough. They need to start turning draws into wins if they are to remove themselves from the relegation scrap. They are priced at 15/8 for this one, again outlining how tight this game is to predict.
Looking at the last few matches, Wednesday have struggled to score. They have played out three goalless draws in a recent run that includes two poor defeats at home to struggling sides Burton Albion and Birmingham City. They managed their first goal in six games last weekend, although they still lost 3-1 at home to the Blues. Barnsley to keep a clean sheet at 9/4 could be a tempting price therefore, given Wednesday’s goalscoring form.
Barnsley themselves, however, are not much better in front of goal. They have scored just five goals in their last 10 league matches and have failed to score more than once in a match in their last 15 league games, a run stretching back to their 2-0 win over Birmingham on 4 November. Barnsley to score under 1.5 goals at 8/15 looks a good price in the circumstances.
A draw could be the most likely outcome here given how poor both sides have been this season. Both teams have failed to score in five of Barnsley’s last eight games and six of Wednesday’s last eight, so the same to occur this weekend looks promising at 11/10.
The Owls did make the play-offs last year and are capable of much better than their performances have suggested, so it would not be a shock to see them pick up a much-needed win here. Barnsley are almost in a do or die situation however, so they will be hopeful of a win against a side who have lost two games against relegation sides in the last few weeks.
Wednesday to win to nil at 4/1. The away side probably have more quality in their team and have kept clean sheets against Cardiff and Sheffield United in recent weeks. Against a side who cannot seem to buy a win, a close victory could be on the cards.
Both teams not to score at evens looks the best way to go here, given the two sides lack of goals in their recent fixtures.
It’s a long shot, but:
A goalless draw is priced at 19/2. Wednesday have had this result in five of their last 14 league games, while Barnsley have seen the same score in three of their last seven.
Written by Marcello Cossali-Francis
Marcello Cossali-Francis considers sport, particularly football and rugby, to be an essential part of life. A half-Italian half-Welsh Liverpool and Juventus fan, Marcello enjoys every high and every low that sport brings.