Market: Stoke City wins
Chance: 20/21 @ 888sport
Sniffing the possibility of potentially entering the midweek automatic seats, Stoke will welcome Barnsley to the Bet365 stadium on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Stoke would have been disappointed to have entered the national stop with a 3-0 win against Fulham away, the Potters bounced back over the weekend. Returning with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town at home, Michael O’Neill’s side have their sights set on securing a playoff spot this time around. Making a number of improvements since introducing the former Northern Ireland manager, the hosts on Wednesday have impressed many across the league this season. Also managing to extend their League Cup run with a 2-0 win over League One side Doncaster last month, Stoke have won four of their last five matchups across all formats. With the mood in their field probably at its peak, it should also be noted that the Potters have won all five competitive home games since the opening of the 2021/22 season.
As for the visitors, while Barnsley may have shocked many across the league last season, the Reds failed to keep up the momentum this time around. Making the call to bring in new boss Markus Schopp over the summer, Oakwell fans saw their team put in what would be another troubling performance over the weekend. Swept away on the road and hit with a deserved 3-0 at Bournemouth, the Tykes are now in the midst of a four-game winless streak. With the impression that the 1-0 win over Coventry last month was just a small push, Barnsley could face another tough test on their travels on Wednesday night. With five goals in consecutive games outside of South Yorkshire, we are claiming a home win here.
Bet: Stoke 20/21 to beat Barnsley in Wednesday’s championship showdown @ 888sport