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Jan 16, 2021 at 7.45pm UK at Oakwell Stadium
BarnsleyBarnsley
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SwanseaSwansea City

Preview: Barnsley vs. Swansea City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Barnsley and Swansea City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two of the division's form teams clash on Saturday as Barnsley host Swansea City at Oakwell having lost out in the return fixture just before Christmas.

The Tykes come into this fixture off the back of a 1-0 loss to league-leaders Norwich City last weekend, while Swansea were able to overcome promotion rivals Watford at Vicarage Road.


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Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael pictured in October 2020© Reuters

This encounter is set to be a fascinating affair with both sides close to the summit of the form table, each with four wins in their last six games.

It is fair to say the hosts have exceeded expectations this season. They currently sit in ninth place, having picked up 34 points from their 23 league fixtures so far.

As a result, they are only three points away from a playoff spot, something that would have looked unlikely at the start of the season having narrowly avoided relegation last time out.

The Tykes' fruitful form can in part be put down to their strong performances at home, and should they win on Saturday, it will be the first time they have won four consecutive home games since 2007 - truly a sign that this side are going in the right direction.

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper pictured on January 9, 2021© Reuters

Steve Cooper will be delighted with his team's form of late and will feel his side are worthy of their position in the league, where they trail leaders Norwich by four points.

As well as having players that can unlock some of the division's best defences, such as Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe, the Swans actually have the best defence in the league, having conceded only 13 goals so far this season.

In fact, that is the fewest conceded by a team after 23 games since 2015-16, when Middlesbrough had conceded 12 at this stage.

Following the matchup with Barnsley, Cooper's men travel to Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United, before then locking horns with the Canaries in what will be a much-anticipated affair.

Barnsley Championship form: WWLWWL
Barnsley form (all competitions): WLWWLW

Swansea City Championship form: WLWWDW
Swansea City form (all competitions): LWWDWW


Team News

Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael pictured in October 2020© Reuters

Michal Helik and Cauley Woodrow are both expected to start after netting the winning goals in their 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend.

However, the hosts will be without three players due to injury, including fan-favourite Ben Williams.

The Swans will have to continue without Morgan Gibbs-White from now on after the youngster was called back to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

The move opens the door for the likes of Korey Smith and Yan Dhanda to compete for that attacking midfielder role in the starting XI.

Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Walton; Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Kane, Mowatt, Styles; Adeboyejo, Woodrow, Chaplin

Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Woodman; Cabango, Latibeaudiere, Guehi; Roberts, Smith, Fulton, Grimes, Bidwell; Lowe, Ayew


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We say: Barnsley 1-2 Swansea City

Barnsley have a gritty determination about them but even that might not be enough to see them to three points this weekend. Swansea are steeped in Premier League quality, and though Barnsley may well get a goal, the odds are in favour of the visitors, who will want to keep the pressure on Norwich.


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Who will win Saturday's Championship clash between Barnsley and Swansea?

Barnsley
Draw
Swansea City
Barnsley
34.6%
Draw
11.5%
Swansea City
53.8%
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich23145431201147
2Swansea CitySwansea23127427131443
3Bournemouth23119338191942
4Brentford22118336211541
5Reading2312473428640
6Middlesbrough21106528171136
7Stoke CityStoke239862622435
8Watford219752417734
9Barnsley2310492729-234
10Bristol City2210392324-133
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn2395938271132
12Preston North EndPreston23102113031-132
13Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2394102832-431
14Luton TownLuton238692026-630
15Cardiff CityCardiff228592925429
16Millwall2251161921-226
17Coventry CityCoventry236892231-926
18Queens Park RangersQPR235992230-824
19Birmingham CityBirmingham2358101729-1223
20Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2357111626-1022
21Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2367101523-819
22Derby CountyDerby2247111424-1019
23Rotherham UnitedRotherham2044121929-1016
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe2336141635-1915

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