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Huddersfield vs Barnsley in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Huddersfield vs Barnsley in the FA Cup Fourth Round on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

It’s a Yorkshire derby and all-Championship clash at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Huddersfield entertain a struggling Barnsley side in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Quite like the Tykes were last season, the home side have been a bit of a surprise package in the league, and they’re firmly in the hunt for a play-off position. Barnsley, however, have suffered a mighty decline from their exploits last term, and this competition looks their only current source of any joy this campaign.

We could see a bit of chopping and changing from both sides, given the fixtures are starting to pile up due to earlier postponements linked to Covid-19.

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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Over/Under - Total GoalsOver 2.5
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Over 2.5 Goals

At the time of writing, Huddersfield have scored at least once in nine of their last ten games. They hit four past Reading in their last Championship engagement, and against a Tykes defence that can certainly be a bit shaky, they’ll feel like they can get a few here.

Barnsley’s last five games have seen three or more goals. That includes the thriller they were involved in against League Two side Barrow in the previous round of this competition. They’re still in an extremely sticky situation, but they might see this one as a bit of a free hit in the circumstances.

With that in mind, the away side are likely to throw caution to the wind and go for it. That might mean they manage to get on the scoresheet, but at the cost of being even more vulnerable at the back. Over 2.5 Goals at odds of 10/11 looks a solid bet, factoring in how this one might be played.

Huddersfield Form, squad news, opinion

The Terriers are flying high in the Championship at the moment, and any further success in this competition will just be extra icing on the cake for their season so far.

They’re unbeaten in their last nine games across all competitions and they’re sitting 6th in the league, so Carlos Corberan’s side will be high on confidence.

In the last round, Huddersfield knocked out Premier League opposition in the shape of Burnley. A 2-1 victory at Turf Moor saw them progress past the third round for the first time since the 2017/18 season.

They trailed for most of that game too, so it was a great show of character from the West Yorkshire side to walk away with the win. After Jay Rodriquez put the hosts ahead, Josh Koroma equalised in the 74th minute. Former Barnsley player Matty Pearson then scored the winner four minutes from time, heading in from a corner to trigger great scenes from the travelling support.

Right-back Pipa has recently been eased back into action after a groin injury, but they’ll be without Levi Colwill and Alex Vallejo, who are both sidelined.

Barnsley Form, squad news, opinion

It’s night and day when you compare the fortunes of Barnsley from last season to this term. The Reds are rooted to the foot of the Championship, and it must have been quite demoralising when Derby moved above them, given how the Rams have a 21-point deduction.

The loss of manager Valerien Ismael and captain Alex Mowatt last summer have both clearly proved big blows for the Tykes, but they can only be partly to blame, given the size of the demise from Barnsley in such a short space of time.

The South Yorkshire outfit have just two Championship wins from 25 games this term, and they made hard work of getting by Barrow in the last round.

Barnsley prevailed 5-4 in an action-packed game that went to extra time, but at one stage they were 2-0 up against ten men.

Reds skipper Cauley Woodrow won’t be available for this one, after the front man underwent surgery that will see him miss at least a few months.

History

This will be the first time the two have met in an FA Cup match. One of their most famous clashes was back in 2013 on the final day of the Championship season. It ended 2-2 but the other scores around the league meant that result was enough to see both teams avoid relegation. In extraordinary scenes, Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele was left to keep the ball without pressure in the final few minutes so the game ended as a draw.

The pair have already met in league action this campaign. Both sides picked up a point after a 1-1 draw at Oakwell in December.

About the Venue

The John Smith’s Stadium is a relatively young ground when you compare it to many other team’s patches. It opened in 1994 and has a capacity of 24,121. The footballing team of Huddersfield aren’t the only club to use it, with Rugby League side Huddersfield Giants also calling it home.

Conclusion

The combination of a Yorkshire derby in an FA Cup tie is one that should produce a lively affair. The hosts will be expected to get the win, given the contrasting current fortunes of both sides.

Cup competitions have always been known to be a great neutraliser when it comes to form, though, and regardless of who progresses, we should see plenty of action in regards to goals.

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