Match Time : 2/12/2020 03:45 Wednesday（GMT+8）
Barnsley: In poor shape (Recent Form: DLLLLW)
Barnsley are on 23th place in English Championship with 25 points (5 wins, 10 draws, 16 losses; goal difference 37:57). They are currently in the relegation zone, being 8 points of advantage over 21th Charlton (safe spot), so they are in dangerous situation. Moreover, the team is in poor shape – 1 win, 1 draw, 3 losses in last 5 league matches, being winless in last 4. In the meantime, they were eliminated from the FA Cup by Portsmouth (2:4) in round of 32. Barnsley take on Birmingham on Tuesday in the next league fixture. Barnsley have collected 19 points in 16 home games to date (4 wins, 7 draws, 5 defeats; goal difference 1:1).
Birmingham: Unbeaten in last 8 games (Recent Form: WDWDDD)
Birmingham sit on 15th position in the standings with 40 points (11 wins, 7 draws, 13 defeats; goal difference 40:48). They are now 11 points ahead of 22th Wigan (drop zone), whereas Birmingham are 10 points short of 6th Preston (promotion play-off). Therefore, Birmingham appear to be an average mid-table side. However, their recent form is good – 3 wins, 2 draws, 0 defeats in last 5 games in Championship. Meanwhile, they beat Coventry (3:2 after penalty shoot-out) in the FA Cup in last 32. In total, they are currently on an 8-match unbeaten streak across all competitions. Now it’s time for an away encounter. Birmingham have collected 19 points in 16 matches on the road (5 wins, 4 draws, 7 losses; goal difference 18:26).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
All in all, I think that hosts are favourites of this clash. Birmingham are higher in the table, but it’s Barnsley who need the points more and perhaps they may take advantage of playing in front of their fans.
Barnsley VS Birmingham
Pick: Barnsley +0