Their looks be an entertaining encounter at Oakwell Stadium Tuesday evening with Barnsley desperate for a win to keep their survival hopes alive and Birmingham City having scored five goals in their last two league matches.
Both sides are attacking at will at the moment which should be goals at both ends tonight. Barnsley is in an unflattering position and with eight points from safety, they are in trouble which tends to happen when you only manage three home wins from 16 attempts. Even still they are not a terrible side at home. Gerhard Struber’s men have lost just one of their last seven at Oakwell. It is in their defence skills they too often come up short. They have kept just one clean sheet at home this term, while also conceding the most goals at home in the division.
Luckily for them, they are often strong going the other way. The Tykes are the sixth-highest home scorers in The Championship. They have notched a very respectable 25 goals, scoring two or more on seven occasions. Birmingham has started to make progress under Pep Clotet, especially in recent weeks and not least away from home. Tuesday the visitors come into this match having lost none of their last five, while winning their last two, scoring five goals in the process. Their win away against Bristol City Friday night at Ashton Gate must have been particularly pleasing.
In the final third, things have been going well for the Blues, who have found the net in each of their last eight, scoring two or more in five of those eight. One problem remains, though, and that is defensive issues. Birmingham has conceded at least once in each of their last 18 Championship matches. On the road, they are without a clean sheet since September.
Barnsley are seemingly drifting towards the division they fought so hard to leave less than 12 months ago, but they are not going down without a fight, especially at home, where they can certainly hurt teams.
Barnsley vs Birmingham, Prediction and tip
Barnsley have shown enough to suggest they can do well offensively, but their defensive weakness does not point towards a home win. After all, Birmingham has been no weak team in the final third of late. The Blues have drawn four of their last eight on the road, while Barnsley has drawn seven-time at home this season, three of which have ended 2-2 which makes us go looking for “both sides to score”.