20:15 Monday

Barnsley vs Swansea Stats

  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last 15 against Barnsley.
  • Barnsley are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 home league games.
  • The last 4 meetings between these two have seen under 2.5 goals.

Betting Tip: Barnsley to win by one goal

Barnsley have a strong recent record of appointing successful managers and Valerian Ismael looks like another inspired choice. He’s taken the Tykes to another level with their focus on young, energetic players, high pressing and a direct style of play. Ask any championship manager and they’ll tell you just what an effort it takes to match this side, it’s a club that knows what it’s doing. 

The South Yorkshire side boast a strong record at Oakwell and they’ll be pleased that they’ve got Swansea over Brentford or Bournemouth in these playoffs. The Swans had a great first half of the campaign but have been plagued by inconsistency in the second half. Just 3 wins in their last 11 is cause for concern and the relatively thin squad and lack of a proper striker could hamper Steve Cooper in these playoffs. 

The bookies favour the hosts and you can see why, their points per game tally under Ismael has been superb, they have more threats with the likes of Daryl Dike, Callum Styles and Cayley Woodrow. I think they could take a slim lead into the second leg and the 11/4 on Barnsley to win by exactly one goal looks a nice price for a first leg.

Barnsley vs Swansea Odds

Barnsley have the advantage in the bookies eyes here with best odds of 6/5.

Where is the value?

  Barnsley Draw Swansea
Best Odds 6/5 41/18 3/1

Mikel Arteta

Barnsley to win by 1 goal - 1pt @ 11/4