Sunderland vs Barnsley Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Sunderland vs Barnsley Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This New Year’s Day fixture (15:00) is an important game at the bottom of the Championship as it features two of the bottom five. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Sunderland come into this match on the back of an important three points away to Nottingham Forest last time out. The game ended 1-0 and was decided by an Aiden McGeady goal which came completely against the run of play- Barnsley made it back-to-back draws as they battled out a 1-1 draw at home to Reading. The Royals seemed headed for all three points after taking the lead in the 68th minute but the Tykes fought back and Ethan Pinnock rescued a point in the 91st minute in a fixture they dominated. The reverse meeting between these two sides came in August at Oakwell and ended in a comfortable 3-0 home victory. The Yorkshire side had a goal each from Ike Ugbo, Harrison Barnes and Grant Moncur to thank for all the points.

Betting Tips and Predictions

These two sides had opposite performances last time out with Sunderland somehow pulling out a win in a game they were dominated in and Barnsley needing a 91st minute to rescue a point in a game they were by far the better side in. This makes betting on the match market a tricky proposition so I would look elsewhere for the value Just one of the last five for the Black Cats have seen both teams score and just two of five for the Tykes so this looks worth a little interest. Given the visitors have failed to score in six of their last nine and the hosts have kept clean-sheets in four of their last seven then backing the Yorkshire outfit not to score also looks worth an interest.

NO in the both teams to score market

Sunderland to keep a clean sheet.

Sunderland saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Sunderland have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 4 games against Barnsley

Barnsley saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Barnsley have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 4 games against Sunderland

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Sunderland Form Guide

Sunderland Team Logo

Sunderland

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

04-08-2018

League 1

Charlton Athletic Team Logo Charlton Athletic

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

11-08-2018

League 1

Luton Town Team Logo Luton Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

16-08-2018

EFL Cup

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

19-08-2018

League 1

Scunthorpe United Team Logo Scunthorpe United

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

22-08-2018

League 1

Gillingham Team Logo Gillingham

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 3)

W A

25-08-2018

League 1

AFC Wimbledon Team Logo AFC Wimbledon

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

01-09-2018

League 1

Oxford United Team Logo Oxford United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

04-09-2018

EFL Trophy Northern Grp. A

Stoke City Academy

FT 4 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

08-09-2018

League 1

Fleetwood Town Team Logo Fleetwood Town

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

15-09-2018

League 1

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

Barnsley Form Guide

Barnsley Team Logo

Barnsley

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

04-08-2018

League 1

Oxford United Team Logo Oxford United

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

11-08-2018

League 1

Bradford City Team Logo Bradford City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Blackpool Team Logo Blackpool

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

18-08-2018

League 1

AFC Wimbledon Team Logo AFC Wimbledon

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

21-08-2018

League 1

Rochdale Team Logo Rochdale

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

25-08-2018

League 1

Scunthorpe United Team Logo Scunthorpe United

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

01-09-2018

League 1

Gillingham Team Logo Gillingham

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

04-09-2018

EFL Trophy Northern Grp. F

Oldham Athletic Team Logo Oldham Athletic

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

08-09-2018

League 1

Walsall Team Logo Walsall

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

15-09-2018

League 1

Coventry City Team Logo Coventry City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Sunderland Preview

It has been a slow but steady upturn in results and performances since Chris Coleman took over as boss of the Black Cats. They have lost just one of their last five and climbed out of the bottom three but it is still tight down there with just four points separating the bottom six. At the Stadium of Light, it has been a terrible 2017 but they have taken four points from their last two in front of their own fans. Seven of the last eight at home have seen both teams find the back of the net. Just one of the last five Sunderland fixtures have gone over 2.5 goals with three of these going under 1.5 goals. Around 62% of their goals this season have come in the second-half with just 28% coming in the opening thirty minutes.

Sunderland Team News

Jack Rodwell (hamstring), Didier Ndong (ankle), Lewis Grabban (calf), and Patrick McNair (groin) are all doubts. Jonny Williams (shoulder), Lamine Kone (knee) and Lee Cattermole thigh) are out for a few weeks while Duncan Watmore (cruciate) has been ruled out for the season.

Barnsley Preview

It is now no victory in ten for the Tykes though three of their last four have finished all-square and they really should have beaten Reading last time out. They have now slipped to 20th and the new owners will need to invest in January to help Paul Heckingbottom in his fight against relegation. Away from Oakwell, they are without a victory in their last five taking just two points from these fixtures. Tom Bradshaw has found the back of the net in two of his last three on the road. A lack of goals has been a real issue for Barnsley in recent weeks with just three goals netted in their last nine. Their defence is also the sixth worst ranked in the league this season having conceded 37 goals.

Barnsley Team News

Ryan Hedges (thigh), Matty Pearson (calf), and Adam Jackson (knee) are doubts.

Sunderland Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Barnsley Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sunderland vs Barnsley Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Robbin Ruiter 196 78
18 CD Tyias Browning 181 76
16 CD John O'Shea 191 75
21 CD Adam Matthews 178 71
22 LM Donald Love 178 72
26 CM George Honeyman 173 72
24 CM Darron Gibson 183 90
13 AM Callum McManaman 175 74
19 AM Aiden McGeady 178 72
3 RM Bryan Oviedo 172 70
9 CF James Vaughan 180 80
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Adam Davies 185 75
3 RB Ezekiel Fryers 183 75
6 CD Liam Lindsay 193 79
16 CD Ethan Pinnock 187 75
12 LB Dimitri Cavare 184 85
20 CM Brad Potts 188 81
7 LM Adam Hammill 178 73
4 CDM Joseph Williams 185 80
22 CM Gary Gardner 188 82
11 RM Lloyd Isgrove 178 72
26 CF Mamadou Khady Thiam 179 82