High-flying Barnsley, who now find themselves one place off the lofty heights of the play-offs welcome struggling Birmingham City to Oakwell in the hopes of continuing a very unlikely push for the Premier League.
The Tykes are showing form which could potentially mirror the scenes we saw in 2017 when Huddersfield Town shocked everybody to win promotion via the play-offs. Sitting in seventh, Barnsley have only ever enjoyed one top-flight season in the club’s history, but Valerien Ismael’s side have got the supporters believing that they can pull off the impossible.
Six straight league wins have catapulted the side up the table at an exponential pace, with some of the sides in and around the playoff positions lagging behind with inconsistent results.
A spirited defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup was followed up by a surprise win at Brentford which sparked the beginning of this fine run of form, and their next opponents Birmingham are just one place and three points above the drop zone having played two games more than Rotherham directly below them. 11 defeats from their last 18 games suggests Birmingham will really have to slog it out to stay up this season, but their next trip is not ideal for a side out of form.
We expect Barnsley to continue their excellent run against a struggling Birmingham outfit, and with five of their six wins in a row coming with a scoreline of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, our tip is for this score group to be repeated again, available at odds of 13/8.