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Nottingham Forest and Barnsley meet at The City Ground, in a match for the 40th round of the Championship. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 08-15-2017, Barnsley won at home (2-1). The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 1 win for each team in the last 3 matches. But the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 02-01-2017, for the Championship, which ended with Barnsley’s victory by (0-1). C. Hourihane (88 ‘) scored the only goal of the game. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 16 th position of the league, with 46 points won, after 13 wins, 7 draws and 19 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Sheffield United, by (0-0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Millwall, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home league matches Nottingham Forest has a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses, so they have won 8 points out of 30 possible. Their attack was not very effective, since they have not scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 39 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 22 times and only managed 2 comebacks. In the last 19 home matches for this competition there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 20 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Nottingham Forest leaves for this game with a defeat in the land of the Millwall, by 2-0, placing a final point to the seven followed parties without losing in this competition. It is important to underline that the landlords are still at the bottom of the leaderboard, however, in a position far from the drop zone. In this game against the fans it will be expected that coach Aitor Karanka plays in 4-2-3-1, benefiting the maintenance of possession of the ball and leisurely attacks, looking in most cases for the Brereton offensive reference. Of note that Kieran Dowell is the best marker of Nottingham Forest, with 9 goals scored, however, is in doubt for this game. Outside of the summoned continue Cohen and Vaughan, both injured.
The away team is currently in the 21 st position of the league, with 34 points won, after 7 wins, 13 draws and 19 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against Millwall, by (0-2). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Bristol City, by (2-2). This is a team that, oddly enough, was better outside than at home, as in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 1 win, 7 draws and 7 losses at their stadium. For the championship, Barnsley won 8 points out of 30 possible, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses in the last 10 home matches. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 39 matches in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 22 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The Barnsley part for this game with a tie to two against Bristol City, thus adding the sixth straight game without beating in this competition. At this time visitors are still in the descent zone. The visiting team presents an unattractive style of play for the general public, benefiting the defensive organization and the in-depth passes to the attack. However, the far right Bradshaw manages to stand out, with 8 goals scored. For this game coach José Morais does not have the injured Mills and Pinnock.
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