Kick Off: 1730, 21/01/2017
TV: Sky Sports 1
Barnsley put together a decent run of results during December and the New Year period but must now regroup again after a disappointing couple of weeks when high-flying Leeds travel to Oakwell.
Garry Monk’s visitors are on a roll after securing six wins and a draw from their last seven matches, moving up to third place in the Championship and progressing in the FA Cup.
A Look At Barnsley’s Betting Odds
When Barnsley snatched a late 1-0 success at Nottingham Forest earlier this month it meant they had picked up 16 points from a possible 21 since the start of December.
However, that momentum has since stalled with a Championship loss at Fulham and a frustrating exit from the FA Cup after crashing out to League Two Blackpool in extra-time on Tuesday night.
With Sam Winnall departing to Sheffield Wednesday and transfer speculation surrounding several other players, Paul Heckingbottom has a tough job on his hands to keep the Tykes on track, so we’re on Leeds to take full advantage at 6/5.
A Look At Leeds’ Betting Odds
Leeds have established themselves as genuine contenders for automatic promotion during a determined climb up the table, driven by some resolute defending which has seen them concede only two goals in six Championship fixtures.
Monk declared United had “dominated from start to finish” when beating Derby 1-0 at Elland Road in their most recent match, with the highly-rated manager adding: “We had a real stranglehold and didn’t let them breathe.”
Chris Wood netted on the stroke of half-time that night but Leeds have made a habit of keeping it tight until the break and then opening up in the second period, so 9/2 for draw half-time and United full-time is a fair price, while 16/5 for them to prevail by more than one clear goal also appeals if Barnsley heads drop.
BARNSLEY 1-2 Blackpool – Angus MacDonald
LEEDS 1-0 Derby – Chris Wood
Head-to-head: Leeds 2-1 Barnsley, Barnsley 0-1 Leeds, Leeds 0-0 Barnsley, Barnsley 2-0 Leeds, Leeds 1-0 Barnsley