Barnsley and Watford face at Oakwell, in a match for the 9th round of the Championship. There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played a game in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 03-15-2014, in a match that ended with the final score: Watford (3‑0) Barnsley. The home / away condition deserves particular attention, as despite this being a match between 16th and 3rd in the league table, it is actually a match between the 12th-ranked in home games and the 14th-ranked away team.
After 1 win, 4 draws and 3 losses, the home team is currently in 16th position, with 7 points won. In their last match, they beat Queens Park Rangers at home by (3‑0), after having drawn (1‑1) away in the previous match, against Millwall. This is a team that is usually more competitive at home, since they won 5 points in their stadium, where they scored 5 goals and suffered 3, against only 2 points away, with 4 goals scored and 7 suffered. For the championship, Barnsley won 5 points out of 12 possible, after 1 victory, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 4 games they played in their stadium. Their defense has not been very solid, since they have conceded goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition.
Barnsley come to this game after a 3×0 home win over QPR, adding their first win in the English second division: the team’s goals were scored by Cauley Woodrow, Conor Chaplin and Yoann Barbet (own goal). In general, coach Valérien Ismael plays in a 3-5-2, in which Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin are the most offensive references of the team: the first athlete mentioned is the top scorer of this team, with 3 goals scored. It is important to highlight the quality of the offensive midfielder Dominik Frieser, an athlete who has great competence in organizing the offensive process. Out of this game due to injury will be Jordan Williams and Ben Williams.
The visiting team is currently in the 3rd position, with 15 points won, after 4 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they drew at home against AFC Bournemouth by (1‑1). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Wycombe Wanderers, by (1‑1). This is a team that tends to be more competitive at home, as they won 5 points away and 10 at home, with 2 goals scored and 2 suffered as away, against 6 goals scored and 2 suffered at home. For the championship, Watford won 5 points out of a possible 12, after 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 4 away games. His attack has scored regularly, as he has scored goals in 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since in 13 of the last 21 they played there were less than 3 goals. This is a team that does not usually feel difficulties to open the scoring: they scored the first goal in 6 of the last 8 games for the Championship, of these 6 they reached the break in 4 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘ in 4.
Watford comes to this game unmotivated, after adding another day without tasting the taste of victory, this time by drawing 1×1 with Wycombe: the team’s only goal was scored by Ismala Sarr. In this game against Barnsley, coach Vladimir Ivic must focus on maintaining ball possession and organized attacks: Tom Cleverley is one of those responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. Most likely, this team will organize itself into a 4-4-2, in which Ismala Sarr and João Pedro will occupy the most advanced positions: the second athlete mentioned is the great star of the team and the top scorer, with 3 goals scored . Outside of this game are Tom Dele-Bashiru, Will Hughes and Isaac Success, all with physical problems.