Kick-off: 1930, 22/07/2020
Stadium: Griffin Park
TV: Sky Sports
Brentford’s clash with Barnsley at Griffin Park could prove hugely significant at both ends of the Championship table.
The Bees are still in with a chance of securing automatic promotion to the Premier League, while the Tykes must win to keep alive any hopes of avoiding relegation to League One.
However, with 35 points separating these sides, it is hard to oppose the hosts.
They are backed at 19/20 to lead at half-time and full-time in our opening Brentford vs Barnsley prediction.
A Look At Brentford’s Betting Odds
Brentford blew a golden opportunity to move up to second place behind Leeds when losing 1-0 at Stoke, where even a draw would have seen them edge above West Brom on goal difference.
Now they must seek to achieve a better result against Barnsley than the Baggies manage when entertaining QPR.
“Of course, we would have loved to go into the final game with everything in our hands,” admitted Thomas Frank. “That is the roller coaster of football.
“What happened out there on the pitch is the past. We can only look forward, do everything we can to settle our emotions and be ready to go again Wednesday.”
Suggestions that the Bees couldn’t cope with the pressure feel harsh, with Frank’s men having previously rattled off eight straight wins.
Five of those victories were at this venue, with just one goal conceded in those fixtures.
Looking at the Brentford vs Barnsley odds, that makes 23/20 for a home win to nil an obvious option, while 6/1 for a 2-0 correct score catches the eye.
Last Brentford line-up: Raya, Henry, Pinnock, Jansson, Dalsgaard, Norgaard, Jensen, Da Silva, Mbeumo, Benrahma, Watkins.
A Look At Barnsley’s Betting Odds
Barnsley remained in contention to stay up when upsetting fifth-placed Nottingham Forest with a dramatic 1-0 triumph at Oakwell.
A stoppage-time decider from substitute Patrick Schmidt helped the Tykes climb off the bottom, although they are still two points behind Charlton and Luton.
Head coach Gerhard Struber said: “It was a special moment. We never gave up and believed until the last second that we can score. Everyone had the right mindset.
“We know that Brentford is a massive opponent and we have a big respect for them, but we are ready for a big fight.
“My boys are very happy and I am very proud of them. It is great for their confidence.”
Barnsley’s away record is poor, though, tasting defeat 14 times from 22 road trips this term and only scoring a division-low 18 goals in those fixtures.
At the other end of the pitch, six of the last eight away goals conceded by the Tykes were in the first half.
That makes 39/20 for more goals to be scored in the opening period of this match than the second worth adding to our Brentford vs Barnsley betting tips.
Last Barnsley line-up: Walton, Williams, Andersen, Ludewig, Sollbauer, Thomas, Ritzmaier, Styles, Mowatt, Brown, Chaplin.
Stoke 1-0 BRENTFORD
BARNSLEY 1-0 Nottingham Forest – Patrick Schmidt
Head-to-head: Barnsley 1-3 Brentford, Barnsley 2-0 Brentford, Brentford 0-0 Barnsley
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