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Life in the Championship once again sees the Cherries reacquainted with Barnsley for the first time since 2005/6. The Cherries record back then saw them as draw specialists. Over three seasons and 6 games there were 4 draws and a win a piece. The last meeting back in 2005/6 produced a stunning 0-0 away draw while a month earlier the two teams had managed a 1-1 draw at home with Adam Griffiths (remember him?) getting the goal for the Cherries.
The Cherries struggled to beat the Tykes, by they managed a 1-0 away win in 2004/05 with Gareth O’Connor getting the crucial goal. In the reverse fixture there was no such joy as Barnsley beat Bournemouth 3-1 with wing wizard Wade Elliot getting the only Cherries goal of the game.
LAST TIME OUT
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 BARNSLEY 0
78′ – Marc PUGH
Will AFC Bournemouth win today? Here some stats and facts.
Bournemouth have won 30%, drawn 30% and lost 40% of their last 20 away games.
Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 away games.
Bournemouth have failed to score in 25% of their last 20 away games.
Barnsley have won 30%, drawn 40% and lost 30% of their last 20 home games.
Barnsley have kept a clean sheet in 25% of their last 20 home games.
Barnsley have failed to score in 25% of their last 20 home games.
VIEW FROM THE OPPOSITION
Barnsley’s season has seen a few ups and downs. How do you rate your season so far and where do you expect to finish?
We were all expecting mid-table mediocrity following last season’s heroics and felt that with the addition of a few personnel we had found the magic mix to enjoy a more competitive this season. Sadly, it’s groundhog day once again at Oakwell, but this time it’s more worrying. It’s been a season of few highs and on the whole has been hugely disappointing. With key games against Yeovil and Charlton still part of the fixture list, I feel that we can still retain our Championship status, but time is running out. I fear that relegation has us in its grip this time.
Which players should Cherries fans watch out for and why?
Chris O’Grady has been outstanding in most games this season. His strength and persistence has outshone almost every other player. On his day he can be a handful for any defence and even if he doesn’t score, he creates space and opportunity for others. Almost every fan I speak to is now baying Danny Wilson to start with Thomas Cywka. A potent midfielder – especially from set pieces. Dale Jennings is also hitting form and gaining full fitness too. On his day, he can orchestrate Premiership quality service to the frontline. Maybe you should take a look at his recent goal versus Forest – he has a spanking right foot!
What’s the score?
We’ve struggled to score goals all season, so any expectation we would like to have about a resounding home win is very limited. I expect it to be a tight encounter – hopefully in our favour, probably 2-1. But I live in hope that we can enjoy giving at least one side a total drubbing at Oakwell this season. We live in hope!
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH END
I thought that Barnsley still has the dog in their badge, but its seems they have gone old school and tried to add a bit of heritage. The change (whenever it was made) hasn’t brought them much luck as they lie bottom of the Championship. They have struggled in the League and getting rid of David Flitcroft hasn’t improved their fortunes. The beautifully named Micky Mellon, couldn’t help replicate his success at Fleetwood and he has just left as well. So, it all looks good for the Cherries to reignite their push for the play-offs, maybe.
PREDICTION: The Cherries are looking tired and struggling to score goals and Barnsley are having trouble getting a goal and a win. From this we have gauged that it will be all out attack from both sides with at least 25 chances from both sides (only 2 on target) resulting in a 1-0 win for the Cherries. (Warning: remember our predictions are usually wrong).