Swansea has a golden chance to take it to the Championship final playoffs with a 1-0 goal advantage over Barnsley’s opponents. The match schedules for Saturday at the Liberty Stadium, with a kickoff at 8:30 pm.
Andre Ayew came through with the defining goal at Oakwell on Monday to give Barnsley an advantage heading into the second leg Championship playoff clash.
Barnsley had several clear-cut chances to make their second leg clash a tad bit easy. However, a curling effort from Andre Ayew proved the difference. It gives the Welsh club a huge advantage to make it to the Championship final where they either face Brentford or Bournemouth.
Steve Cooper’s side managed to finish off the season at fourth with 23 wins, 11 draws, and 12 losses. The side finished bagging 80 points, 11 points clear of third-placed Watford.
The Swans have three seasons in the second tier, managing to finish 10th in the 2018-2019. Their closest chance to return to England’s top-flight ended with last season’s semi-final playoff loss to Brentford.
In contrast, Barnsley had several chances but failed to get past Freddie Woodman. It gave the Welsh side a vital clean sheet ahead of the second leg clash. The Tykes can look back at an impressive season. Moreover, it was only in the 2018-2019 season that Barnsley earned promotion from League One.
Swansea City vs Barnsley Head to Head
Both sides have 13 games against each other, with Swansea taking eight wins while Barnsley without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Barnsley 0-1 Swansea
- Watford 2-0 Swansea
- Swansea 2-1 Derby County
- Reading 2-2 Swansea
- Swansea 0-1 QPR
- Barnsley 0-1 Swansea
- Barnsley 2-2 Norwich City
- Preston North End 2-0 Barnsley
- Barnsley 0-1 Rotherham United
- Huddersfield 0-1 Barnsley
Swansea City Team News
Cooper cherishes having a fully fit squad without any fresh injury concerns from their first leg. Furthermore, Cooper is likely to start the same, starting XI. Wayne Routledge came on to replace Liam Cullen. Ayew and Jamal Lowe are present figures to feature on the final third.
Barnsley Team News
After coming on as a substitute, Carlton Morris pushes for a recall into the starting XI this Saturday. However, Ismael is less likely to make any alterations to the starting XI. Alex Mowatt recovered from a hamstring injury to feature in the first leg.
Prediction and Odds
Barnsley will give Swansea a hard time, but the finishing prowess for the opponents will likely make the difference.
- Swansea City Win
- Goals Under 3.5
- Ayew to Score