One hundred years ago Barnsley won the FA Cup for the first and last time in their history and even though a repeat of that success is unlikely this year, the Tykes have more than enough about them to adventure further along the road to Wembley.
Barnsley’s class of 2008 disposed of Liverpool and Chelsea on the way to a semi-final spot and they will be given the opportunity to humble more Premier League opposition when Swansea visit Oakwell in the third round on Saturday.
The Swans’ neat and tidy play has gained admiring glances throughout their debut season in the top division and boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to extend that stay past an aesthetic cameo.
With league clashes against Arsenal and Chelsea to come before the end of the month, Rodgers may well opt to join the status quo of top-flight managers who give airtime to squad players for cup competitions.
At this stage last season, three Premier League sides were dumped out by lower league clubs and Barnsley are handily priced at 2/1 to add to that list of scalps.
Barnsley’s class of 2008 disposed of Liverpool and Chelsea on the way to a semi-final spot.
Swansea’s away form does little to dampen the prospects of an upset as they have won just once on their travels all season, including a 3-1 loss to Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup.
Barnsley score and concede plenty at Oakwell so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if the Jacks register, so go for the Barnsley win with over 2.5 goals scored in the match at 4/1.
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Although Swansea get a nosebleed when they cross the border, they still registered an impressive 2-0 victory at Aston Villa last time out, so don’t completely ignore them at 27/20 for the win, while the draw is at 11/5.
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Barnsley’s class of 2008 disposed of Liverpool and Chelsea on the way to a semi-final spot