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EFL: Barnsley vs Reading

Barnsley vs Reading

Both Barnsley and Reading are very desperate to retain a place in the promotion play-off group, thereby raising hopes of snatching the prestigious ticket to participate in the Premier League next season. In a situation where Barnsley is in good form, but Reading is the name that shows the charm every time the two teams meet, whether the name will have fun in the next match.

Barnsley vs Reading


No matter how the final result Barnsley achieved this season, they still deserve a big surprise at the Championship playground. In fact, before the start of the English Premier League this season, Barnsley simply set a simple goal of staying relegated. It is obvious that in the previous seasons, Barnsley had to extremely struggle to stay on this playground. But unexpectedly appeared in this season, when after 38 appearances they won 19, drew 7 and lost 12. The results gave teachers and coach Valerien Ismael 64 points and 5th place in the standings. This is an achievement that helped Barnsley get a ticket to the promotion play-off round and of course they have to keep this result. The problem is that Barnsley is just 5 points ahead of the top 6 and has played more than 1 match. So, The risk of being kicked off is very high and the home team needs to play more stably in the next round. Barnsley has conceded 5 goals in their last 3 matches, although they have scored 7 goals. This match midfielder Alex Mowatt, the creative source of Barnsley's attack, will be sidelined for being suspended. Therefore Barnsley will lack the destructive power of the English player, the star has 6 goals so far. Good performance at home will be one of the fulcrum to help Barnsley overcome difficulties, because from the beginning of the season they won 10/19 times to welcome guests.


If doing the problem of comparing the two names, of course Reading is appreciated in terms of experience. Confrontation history also shows that Reading is unbeaten in the last 7 times to meet Barnsley, in which they draw 3 and win 4. In the first leg match, Reading beat Barnsley 2-0 in September 2020, when They are in good shape with a 1 draw and 7 win after 8 appearances. However, the upcoming trip will certainly be much more difficult, because Reading has not won all of the last 3 matches, conceding 4 goals and scored 3 goals. The away team only get 4 wins in the last 12 matches and get the maximum 14/30 points. Reading is currently behind the home team with 2 points worse and they are only three points ahead of Bournemouth compared to 7th place, which means that the away team is at risk of falling out of the promotion play-off position. This team has only 4 wins in the last 15 matches in the Championship and on away field they only won 7/19 matches. The opponent is also extremely thirsty, it is clear that the upcoming trip will be difficult to go smoothly with Reading.