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Barnsley v Brighton Championship Prediction & Betting Tips – 18th February 2017

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Championship Betting

Barnsley v Brighton Championship, 18th February 3.00pm

Brighton’s Championship title challenge has slipped a little bit lately with just one win in their last four games played in the second tier. Can they bounce back as they head out on the road to face Barnsley? This isn’t an easy game because Barnsley could still pull themselves into the play off picture if they can get some winning momentum behind them. A big three points against the Seagulls would do wonders for their chances. It could be a rocky ride up north for Brighton, who have failed to win any of their last four visits to Barnsley. Barnsley are 13/5 for the win, with the draw at 5/2 and Brighton are coming in at even money.

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Barnsley v Brighton Betting Tips

This is a good looking game and Barnsley suffered a 2-0 loss out on the road earlier in the season against Brighton. However they have produced a four match unbeaten streak on home soil against the Seagulls now (W2 D2) and the two draws in that sequence were 0-0 results. There is a 0-0 correct score option at a price of 10/1 running at Bet365. Barnsley have lost just the one of their last six games on home soil in the league (W4 D1 L1) and overall this season they have gone W6 D5 L5 there. But their form has definitely picked up against since mid December last year on home soil and that may well serve them well for this game against Brighton on Saturday. Barnsley start the weekend six points outside of the play offs so they could still play their way into contention for that if they get themselves up a head of steam.

They are unbeaten in their last four on home soil against Brighton too, three of those being Championship fixtures. Overall Barnsley are W1 D2 in the Championship at home against the Seagulls. There haven’t been a lot of goals flying around between these two and seven of the last nine meetings between the two clubs in all options have gone under the 2.5 goal line. Going under 2.5 goals at Bet365 for Saturday’s meeting returns you a price of 17/20. Top goalscorer for them in the league this season is Sam Winnall but he has moved on to Sheffield Wednesday leaving Tom Bradshaw as an 11/4 option for them along with Adam Armstrong. Bradshaw slotted home a brace in Barnsley’s last game, a 3-1 win out at Aston Villa. Can the Tykes stick in there and collect at least a point? It could be a great time for them to be meeting up with the Seagulls.

Brighton have gone off the boil just a little bit having gone W1 D2 L1 in their last four league games. Suddenly after looking so dominant and coupled with the rising form of Huddersfield and Reading, second-placed Brighton go into the weekend with just a four point cushion over third placed side Huddersfield. So there is a bit of pressure starting to mount for them. Away from home the Seagulls have failed to win any of their last three out on the road (D1 L2) and that was after a nine match unbeaten streak away from home. So there have been signs that their defence is starting to leak and they have taken just one clean sheet in their last eight games now. Both teams to score at Bet365 is a price of 8/11 and Brighton are a big 5/2 shot to go and win this one to nil to oppose that. In the anytime goalscorer market, hot shot striker Glenn Murray is 5/4 favourite with Tomer Hemed at 7/4.

Who will win – Barnsley v Brighton Predictions

Barnsley have been going along well enough on home soil lately to avoid defeat in this one and they can dent Brighton’s hope of putting some pressure on Newcastle. Brighton themselves don’t actually lose very much and therefore this one has some value in looking at the draw on it. Extending that a little further a 1-1 return looks to have great value in this match up on Saturday.

 


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