The Championship’s automatic promotion-hopefuls lock horns with the league’s basement team this Tuesday in the West Midlands.
Fortunately, our West Brom vs Barnsley predictions will highlight all the intriguing information ahead of the midweek clash.
And it looks as if the visitors are set to be on the bad side of another result. Especially considering how the Baggies have now won six and only lost one game in the early stages of the campaign.
All in all, Barnsley’s recent struggles could reemerge this week, and West Brom will be helping themselves to another three points.
Whether this pays homage to our 2019/20 Championship season preview is still up for debate. So, why not read our thoughts anyway?
But, first things first…
West Brom vs Barnsley Predictions
The Baggies have tightened their grip atop the Championship table. The latest side to fall victim to their attacking prowess last weekend? Jonathan Woodgates Middlesbrough.
Sure, events at the Riverside didn’t go as smoothly as expected. What was forecasted to be a relatively easy three points for the visitors turned into a cagey and end-to-end affair.
Indeed, the Boro nearly opened the scoring in thy dying moments of the first half. The only thing that saved WestBrom from going into the break a goal down was Sam Johnston’s goalkeeping heroics.
And there was no resurgence at the other side of the break. So much so that the hosts had a golden chance to claim the win for themselves again.
Unfortunately, George Saville was unable to capitalise on Ashley Fletcher’s cutback. And moments later, Hal Robson-Kanu was able to earn his side the victory with a goalmouth tap-in.
Such a performance posed questions about the Baggies defensive cohesion and whether a better side could do them more damage.
Yet, this week they face a team languishing at the opposite end of the spectrum – the Tykes.
Our West Brom vs Barnsley predictions are forecasting ominous times to preside over South Yorkshire, especially given the state of Barnsley’s defence.
Against Swansea last weekend, they were put through the motions, lucky to claw their way out of the contest with a point.
Were it not for their own attacking moves, they would have been taken apart by an Andre Ayew-led Swans attack.
The Ghanaian was rampant and uncontainable for the Barnsley back four, delivering teasing crosses, converting his chances, and earning the Swans another hard-fought point.
If that particular performance was anything to go by for Slaven Bilic and his men, is that this Barnsley side can be worn down, through persistence, pressing and power.
And the Baggies happen to possess all three of those things in their Matheus Perriera-led attack.
West Brom vs Barnsley Head To Head
The sporadic nature of the fixtures between these two sides doesn’t tell the full story about this Tuesday’s clash.
Fortunately, our West Brom vs Barnsley predictions does the legwork for you.
Sure, the years surrounding 2009 and 2010 was a rocky period for the hosts. But this season’s first encounter since those seasons pits these two teams leagues apart from one another.
And who knows, if Barnsley aren’t careful, we could see a repeat of that 7-0 thrashing that unfolded in the spring of 2007.
West Brom Team News
It isn’t all blue skies and sunshine in the West Brom camp for Bilic.
Indeed, the Croatian will be without a key player in Matt Phillips, who picked up a knock to the shin during the win over Middlesbrough last weekend.
The Scottish winger had been managing other injuries prior to this, what with an ongoing ankle complaint and injections being sent his way.
But despite all this, there are rumours suggesting that Phillips could be back in contention – ain inclusion that our West Brom vs Barnsley predictions foresee taking the game away from the visitors.
And that’s not the only potential good news being dealt with the Hawthorne regulars. Filip Krovinovic, who’s had to watch on from the sidelines, has also been given a nod to make it into the starting XI.
Barnsley Team News
The only respite for Barnsley is that their current injury list only features one name: Sami Radlinger.
Sidelined until December, the Bees no.1 suffered a serious knee ligament injury against Luton a few weeks ago.
Such was the nature of the injury that the medical staff were able to assess and confirm his spell away from the game in less than an afternoon.
Aside from Radlinger, Adam Murray will be able to field his strongest starting XI. Whether he’ll want to put his frontliners at risk given the calibre of opponent his side are facing is another question altogether.
West Brom vs Barnsley Betting Tips
Meanwhile, our betting tipsters are operating in line with our West Brom vs Barnsley predictions.
Just like our projections, the odds don’t look too great for the visitors who are operating as a 33/5 pick. And with the chances of a draw unfolding wagering at odds of 81/20 in our West Brom vs Barnsley match bets, it seems as if the only tip worth punting on surrounds the betting favourites – the Baggies.
And that particular forecast shapes up at odds of 39/100; a betting predicament that has a strong probability to come to fruition this Tuesday.