This is a bigger game for Barnsley than Norwich. The Tykes are just one place and two points above the drop-zone but this is their game in hand on two of the three sides below them and victory would be a huge boost to Barnsley’s survival hopes. As for the Canaries, they are drifting towards a disappointing mid-table finish.
It has been a hugely frustrating season for Norwich fans. While there are reasons to be positive looking forward, with some promising young players in their ranks, they simply haven’t been winning anywhere near enough matches and Daniel Farke has struggled to find the right formula.
They’ve been reasonably solid at the back, certainly since the opening couple of months of the season, so when Norwich went 3-1 up at struggling Hull on Saturday, they would have been very confident of seeing the job through. However a Second Half collapse followed, Hull won 4-3 and the Canaries were left to reflect on another poor result.
Barnsley were also beaten on the road at the weekend, losing 3-1 at Middlesbrough but there have been some encouraging signs since José Morais took charge. He’s had a tough run of four straight away games due to this fixture’s original postponement but Barnsley have scored in all five games under the Portuguese boss so far and both teams have scored in 7 of their last 9 matches overall.
58% of Barnsley’s league games this term have seen both teams score and there’s every chance we will see a repeat here. The Tykes have to view a home game against mid-table opponents as at least a chance to pick up three points, so they ought to be quite positive. However with little left to play for, Norwich can surely afford to roll the dice too and we saw evidence of a more adventurous approach from them at the weekend.
Therefore backing Both Teams looks to offer value and that’s also a bet that has landed in all of Norwich’s last 3 away matches.
Going for James Maddison to score anytime could also be worth a punt. The 21 year old became the first Norwich player in over 20 years to score an away league hat-trick on Saturday. He’s now got 6 goals in his last 5 away Championship appearances for Norwich, a cracking return for a midfielder, who was only given 32 minutes of Championship action last season but has really delivered on his promise this term.
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