They will both argue they still have something to play for going into their meeting at the KC Stadium tonight, but in reality Hull City need a miracle to take a play-off place, while an awful lot of rotten luck would be required for Barnsley to be relegated.
The Tigers are six points adrift of Blackpool and Cardiff City (who sit fifth and sixth respectively) with only nine points left to play for this season, while the Tykes are seven points clear of the Championship drop zone.
Hull are strong favourites to win the match at 13/20 with bwin, with the draw rated as a 12/5 shot and Barnsley pegged as 9/2 outsiders.
The form of these two sides is unspectacular to say the least, but Hull look to be the best of a bad pair here.
The Tigers have kept their slim play-off hopes alive with four points from their last two games but five straight defeats before that all but ended their season prematurely.
At home, they have won just once in their last nine matches and failed to score in an alarming six of those matches.
Barnsley have only scored four away goals since the turn of the year and all things point to this game not being a classic given Hull’s similar recent lack of goals. Under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match looks a certainty at 13/20.
Their 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in their last KC Stadium outing was only the second time in ten games that both teams had scored in the match. You can bet on both teams to score in this match at a price of evens, while both not to score is 13/20.
Barnsley have been in freefall in recent months, recording just two league wins in their last 15 matches, and their fans should be thankful for their strong start, otherwise relegation would be a certainty for this former Premier League outfit.
Those wins have both come at home and the last time the Tykes left an away ground with three league points was way back in mid-January, eight matches ago.
Since then. they have picked up just one away point, a 1-1 draw at ten-man Blackpool ten days ago.
That goal at Bloomfield Road was their first away goal in six matches and putting the ball in the back of the net has been a real concern for boss Keith Hill all season.
Barnsley have only scored four away goals since the turn of the year and all things point to this game not being a classic given Hull’s similar recent lack of goals. Under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match looks a certainty at 18/25.
But as mentioned earlier, Hull should have enough to win and it is difficult to justify Barnsley even scoring, so Hull to win to nil is an option at 7/5.
The correct score markets provide us with more attractive odds and a 1-0 Hull victory is priced at 19/4, 2-0 is 6/1 and a rather adventurous 3-0 scoreline is a 21/2 chance.
For our main betting tip, we will go for a 1-0 Hull victory. That means anyone successfully using their free £25 bet for registering with bwin on this scoreline would to win a cool £143.75.
Recommended bet: Hull to beat Barnsley 1-0 @ 19/4
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