Barnsley and Coventry both go into their crucial Championship meeting this weekend with barely a win between them.
Neither side has picked up more than one maximum in this season and when you take in to consideration that Keith Hill’s Barnsley have yet to win at home and Andy Thorn has yet to lead his team to victory on the road, fans heading to Oakwell can be forgiven for expecting a drab contest.
Coventry fans travelling to support their misfiring side will draw some confidence from the history books.
The Sky Blues have won on four out of their last five visits to Barnsley and in their last ten league meetings have beaten the Tykes on eight occasions. Odds of 23/10 of that tally extending to nine are well worth a punt.
Hill does take his side into this game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run – although all five of those games have been draws – while the last time Barnsley hosted the Sky Blues they did come away with all three points.
The Tykes are 23/20 to get the win this time around and should history repeat itself and they win 2-1 like they did in January those who backed the scoreline at 31/4 with their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com will be very happy with their £218.75 return.
Goals are certainly not on the agenda here as neither side has been firing in front of goal so far this season. Odds of a goalless encounter are 27/4, but there are a number of facts to consider before backing that outcome.
Hill’s side have yet to keep a clean sheet at home and the boys from the Ricoh Arena have conceded in their last five games. Backing there to be under 3.5 goals in the game at 3/4 seems the more appealing bet here.
Only two of Barnsley’s goals this season have been scored in the second half. When you couple that with the fact that Coventry have scored only once in before the interval in the Championship this season, the half-time/full-time market is worth consideration.
Barnsley to lead at the break and the game to finish level is at 25/2 and for the Tykes to be leading after 45 minutes but losing at the full-time whistle, odds of 40/1 are certainly worth a punt considering the recent history between these two clubs.
With Coventry’s recent domination of this clash, the multiple correct score market is very tempting. Coventry are 7/1 to win the game either 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 and punters who register for bwin.com and stake their free £25 bet on this could walk away with £200 should any of those three results come in.
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