Barnsley vs Portsmouth Match Analysis & Prediction
19/09/2023 9:45 pm
Barnsley will be looking to secure a fifth successive victory across all competitions when they face Portsmouth in Tuesday’s League One match.
Like their hosts, Portsmoth are also in fine form, and they will look to extend their unbeaten league run to 19 games.
After being beaten by Sheffield Wednesday in playoff final last season, Barnsley experienced a change in the managerial dugout over the summer after Michael Duff opted to try fresh challenge with Swansea City.
Duff’s successor Neil Collins got off to a flying start with a dominant 7-0 victory over Port Vale, but one point from the subsequent three league matches left the new manager with work to do.
Since losing to Oxford United on August 19, Barnsley have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes, claiming four straight competitive victories all by a 2-0 scoreline.
In Saturday’s home encounter with Burton Albion, a brace from Devante Cole proved enough to guide the Tykes to all three points, ensuring they finished the weekend in fifth place.
After beating Portsmouth 3-1 at Oakwell in March, Barnsley will be hopeful of replicating a similar scoreline in Tuesday’s home game.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth are in a positive mood after they extended their unbeaten run to 18 league matches in dramatic style.
Their impressive form looked set to come to an end on Saturday when Derby County’s James Collins scored an 86th-minute penalty to put his side ahead, but Colby Bishop proved to Portsmouth’s hero, producing a stoppage-time equaliser to rescue a point.
As a result, Pompey head into the midweek contest in sixth place and level on 13 points with Barnsley after seven matches.
While John Mousinho will be pleased with Portsmouth’s unbeaten run, he may be frustrated with the fact his side have drawn 11 of their previous 18 matches in League One.
Their habit of drawing matches has been particularly prevalent on their travels, with six of their last seven league encounters finishing all square.
Barnsley vs. Portsmouth Head to head
In the 25 previous meetings between these two teams, Barnsley have claimed 10 victories while Portsmouth have won nine, and they have drawn in six. Portsmouth have scored 37 goals and conceded 36 in the process.
Barnsley Team News
Luca Connell remains sidelined for Barnsley due to illness, while Robbie Cundy is also ruled out as he continues to recover from injury.
Having netted eight goals in seven appearances this season, Cole is currently the league’s top scorer, and he will be looking to score in a fifth successive league game on Tuesday.
Barnsley's Last 5 Matches
19/08/2023Barnsley1Oxford United3League One
26/08/2023Wigan Athletic0Barnsley2League One
02/09/2023Cheltenham Town0Barnsley2League One
05/09/2023Barnsley2Grimsby Town0EFL Trophy
16/09/2023Barnsley2Burton Albion0League One
Portsmouth Team News
Portsmouth are still expected to be without the services of Tom Lowery, Kusini Yengi, Anthony Scully and Christian Saydee.
Joe Morrell and Joe Rafferty are set to return from suspensions, although the pair are unlikely to feature in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Portsmouth's Last 5 Matches
22/08/2023Portsmouth(P)3Fulham U213EFL Trophy
29/08/2023Portsmouth1Peterborough United1(P)League Cup
02/09/2023Portsmouth3Peterborough United1League One
16/09/2023Derby County1Portsmouth1League One
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