Derek McInnes saw his tenure as the Bristol City boss get off to the worst possible start last Sunday as his side lost in front of their own fans.
The 2-0 defeat to European jet setters Birmingham City would have come as no shock to the Robins’ supporters as City have now lost five out of seven home fixtures and failed to pick up a point anywhere since Brett Pitman earned them a draw against Hull six games ago.
Despite the inauspicious start to his reign, McInnes will only have to look at his achievements on the road with his previous club, St. Johnstone, for inspiration ahead of the game at Barnsley.
Under the stewardship of the former West Brom midfielder, the Saints lost just one of their last nine away SPL games dating back to last season and that run included a win at Celtic Park.
Having said that, it will be a tough ask for Bristol City, who have won just once on their travels, to continue their new manager’s impressive away record.
On Saturday they face a Barnsley side that are unbeaten in their last four home games and the odds reflect the difference in form.
Barnsley are clear 11/10 favourites to secure the win at Oakwell, while City are priced at 23/10, as is the chance of a draw.
Unlike their opponents, Barnsley are in decent form, losing just twice in their previous ten fixtures, although last time out they were on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline against Cardiff.
The chances of a similar result at Oakwell this weekend should be pretty high as the four games between Barnsley and Bristol City over the past two seasons have seen an average of six goals per game. A stat like that makes odds of 19/4 on over five goals being scored during the 90 minutes pretty tempting.
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Continuing with the goal theme, it is interesting to note that between them, Barnsley and Bristol City have conceded a whopping 26 goals in the second half of games this season, with City alone responsible for 18 of them.
With this in mind it is worth while looking at which half will see more goals on Saturday and you will find odds of 23/20 on the ball hitting the back of the net more often in the second 45.
On paper this may not look like a great match, but history suggests it could turn into a goal fest.
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