EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Blackburn Rovers vs Barnsley: Preview, Prediction, Lineups

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Rovers are set to host Barnsley at the Ewood Park in the EFL Championship on Wednesday evening. Rovers would go out to clinch all three points against a Barnsley side that has been struggling throughout the season.

Mowbray’s men are on a seven-game unbeaten streak and are currently placed third in the league. However, their fixture at Hull City on Boxing Day was postponed due to COVID, which might cause a halt in their winning rhythm.

Tony Mowbray needs to use all of his experience to keep his players focused on the job in hand. Especially, in defence, they would look to prolong a run without conceding a goal in the last 5 games. They will look to continue their dream run with a win against Barnsley on Wednesday.

Barnsley, on the other hand, has been miserable for most parts of this season. Recently appointed Poya Asbaghi has failed to live up to the expectation as his side has only won two games so far this campaign. They are currently 23rd in the league, only six points off the safety. It will need some heroics from Asbaghi’s side to secure a win against an in-form Blackburn on Wednesday.

Rovers vs Barnsley Team News, Injury List, Suspensions

Blackburn Rovers will miss Ian Poveda and Bradley Dack due to injury. Barring any other fitness issues, Mowbray has no reason to make any changes to his lineup.

 Cameron Thompson and Aapo Halme are unavailable due to injuries from the Barnsley side. Asbaghi revealed two other unnamed players who have contracted to the COVID. Having held West Brom to a goalless draw last time out, Asbaghi might stick with the same lineup.

EFL has issued a statement regarding the ongoing spread of COVID and has given a list of the fixtures yet to be played. It has been mentioned that the fixture between Rovers and Barnsley will take place as per schedule.

Blackbu vs Barnsley Head to Head:

Both sides have won two of their last 5 meetings. The two sides played out a goalless draw in the fixture earlier this season.

Predicted Lineup:

Blackburn Rovers predicted lineup:
Kaminski; Lenihan, Van Hecke Wharton; Nyambe, Travis, Rothwell, Pickering; Buckley; Brereton Diaz, Khadra

Barnsley predicted lineup:
Collins; Helik, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Gomes, Benson, Brittain; Styles, Iseka, Morris

Player to look out for:

Ben Diaz will be the key player in the fixture for Blackburn Rovers. The Chilean has netted 19 goals in 23 matches in EFL Championship and looks to be in a great run of form. Nevertheless, he might find the back of the net against a struggling Barnsley side.

Prediction:

Keeping in mind the recent form, it’s hard to see Barnsley coming away with anything from this match. Blackburn has enough quality to come away with all three points.

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