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Barnsley vs Bournemouth in the Championship on Jan 29. 2022 + Odds & Prediction

Barnsley vs Bournemouth in the Championship on Jan 29. 2022 + Odds & Prediction

Desperate to try and find some stability since opening the New Year, promotion contenders Bournemouth will know that they can not afford many more slip-ups when they travel to Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

While Scott Parker's squad might have lost their spot in the top-two as they open this weekend's Championship fixtures, the Cherries will be looking to cash in on a struggling Barnsley.

Appearing to freefall their way down to League One this season after a woeful run of form, the Tykes should be bracing themselves for a long afternoon's work at Oakwell here.

Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.

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Bournemouth win

Although Barnsley vs Bournemouth might open this weekend's Championship fixtures as a battle between two sides seeking a boost, the Cherries should be smelling a chance on the road.

Landing a thumping 3-0 win when they welcomed Barnsley to the south coast for their reverse meeting back on September 11th, Parker’s men have now won four of their last five meetings against Saturday's hosts.

In a showdown between two sides really battling it out at opposite ends of the Championship table, it should be highlighted that a similar away win at Oakwell can be found priced at an attractive 10/11.

Barnsley form, squad news, opinion

Shocking everyone across the Championship last season as they clinched a play-off spot at Oakwell, many were wondering if Barnsley would be able to keep up that momentum this time around.

However, watching Head Coach Valérien Ismaël make the move to Championship rivals West Brom last summer, the Tykes find themselves at the heart of a nightmare campaign in Yorkshire.

Last seen earlier in the week getting hit with a 3-0 drumming away at top-six contenders Nottingham Forest, Poya Asbaghi's new squad sit rock-bottom of the table and still eight points adrift of safety.

With time ticking away and now tipped as a standout pick to be hit with a League One return, Saturday's hosts have remarkably won just a pair of their 26 Championship matchups this season.

Facing what has quickly become mission impossible at Oakwell, Asbaghi's side were also handed a real injury blow earlier in the month.

If Barnsley are to pull off what would be one of the Championship's great escapes, they will have to do it without attacking talisman Cauley Woodrow who has undergone surgery on a knee issue.

Bournemouth form, squad news, opinion

Finding what was an immediate boost when they brought Scott Parker to the Vitality last summer, many across the Championship thought that Bournemouth would cruise their way to a Premier League return this time around.

However, suffering what was a shocking 1-0 loss at home against relegation outsiders Hull last weekend, the Cherries have seen themselves come tumbling out of the top-two.

With the pressure now really starting to grow on Parker's shoulders, Bournemouth find themselves on a run of form that has seen them win just a pair of their last 10 Championship contests, a run that stems back to November 6th.

While Saturday's guests might have shown some extended issues at the back, they do at least have one attacking talisman enjoying a free-scoring run this season.

With one-time Liverpool starlet Dominic Solanke already racking up 18 Championship strikes so far, Parker will be calling on the 24-year-old to spearhead their charge here.

However, in terms of their injury news, it appears that Bournemouth could be handed a boost at Oakwell this weekend. It is expected that the duo of Jordan Zemura and Philip Billing will make their return on Saturday afternoon.

History

While Barnsley vs Bournemouth might have been a matchup that was contested in England's third-tier during the early 2000s, the duo have only faced off a handful of times over the past nine years.

However, making their Championship return back in 2019, it is Scott Parker's side who hold a rampant record against the relegation scrappers.

As alluded to earlier, Bournemouth have won four of their previous five Championship meetings against Barnsley, a run highlighted by a 4-0 romp in their last trip to Oakwell in December 2020.

About the Venue

In the midst of what has been a Championship nightmare at Oakwell this season, Barnsley boss Poya Asbaghi has made it clear just how important their home support will be if they're to somehow avoid the drop.

With their fans making it clear that maintenance is needed around their historic stadium, the Tykes did finally announce last month that the DX West Stand is back open and operational.

In terms of COVID-19 protocol in England, Vaccine Passports will be a requirement of entry and these regulations are set to be in place until the end of January at least.

Conclusion

Suffering that shock 1-0 loss at home against Hull last weekend, there is no doubt that Scott Parker will be hoping that a seven-day break offers his side a real advantage at Oakwell.

With just a pair of Championship victories to their name from any of their last 10 outings, Bournemouth will be more than aware that they can not afford another public slip-up here.

Opening Saturday's meeting sat rock-bottom of the Championship table and with just a pair of wins to their name throughout the 2021/22 campaign, Barnsley should be in for another tough task in Yorkshire.