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Jan 16, 2021 at 7.45pm UK
BarnsleyBarnsley
0-2
SwanseaSwansea City

Andersen (82')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Cabango (45+1'), Lowe (55')
Lowe (90+3')
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Preview: Barnsley vs. Swansea City - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Barnsley vs. Swansea City - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Barnsley and Swansea City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Two of the division's form teams clash on Saturday as Barnsley host Swansea City at Oakwell having lost out in the return fixture just before Christmas.

The Tykes come into this fixture off the back of a 1-0 loss to league-leaders Norwich City last weekend, while Swansea were able to overcome promotion rivals Watford at Vicarage Road.


Match preview

This encounter is set to be a fascinating affair with both sides close to the summit of the form table, each with four wins in their last six games.

It is fair to say the hosts have exceeded expectations this season. They currently sit in ninth place, having picked up 34 points from their 23 league fixtures so far.

As a result, they are only three points away from a playoff spot, something that would have looked unlikely at the start of the season having narrowly avoided relegation last time out.

The Tykes' fruitful form can in part be put down to their strong performances at home, and should they win on Saturday, it will be the first time they have won four consecutive home games since 2007 - truly a sign that this side are going in the right direction.

Steve Cooper will be delighted with his team's form of late and will feel his side are worthy of their position in the league, where they trail leaders Norwich by four points.

As well as having players that can unlock some of the division's best defences, such as Andre Ayew and Jamal Lowe, the Swans actually have the best defence in the league, having conceded only 13 goals so far this season.

In fact, that is the fewest conceded by a team after 23 games since 2015-16, when Middlesbrough had conceded 12 at this stage.

Following the matchup with Barnsley, Cooper's men travel to Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United, before then locking horns with the Canaries in what will be a much-anticipated affair.

Barnsley Championship form: WWLWWL
Barnsley form (all competitions): WLWWLW

Swansea City Championship form: WLWWDW
Swansea City form (all competitions): LWWDWW


Team News

Michal Helik and Cauley Woodrow are both expected to start after netting the winning goals in their 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend.

However, the hosts will be without three players due to injury, including fan-favourite Ben Williams.

The Swans will have to continue without Morgan Gibbs-White from now on after the youngster was called back to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

The move opens the door for the likes of Korey Smith and Yan Dhanda to compete for that attacking midfielder role in the starting XI.

Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Walton; Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Kane, Mowatt, Styles; Adeboyejo, Woodrow, Chaplin

Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Woodman; Cabango, Latibeaudiere, Guehi; Roberts, Smith, Fulton, Grimes, Bidwell; Lowe, Ayew


We say: Barnsley 1-2 Swansea City

Barnsley have a gritty determination about them but even that might not be enough to see them to three points this weekend. Swansea are steeped in Premier League quality, and though Barnsley may well get a goal, the odds are in favour of the visitors, who will want to keep the pressure on Norwich.


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Championship Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich33217547252270
2Brentford33189661352663
3Watford33179743241960
4Swansea CitySwansea31178639221759
5Reading33166114537854
6Bournemouth331410947321552
7Barnsley32156113836251
8Cardiff CityCardiff331481149351450
9Middlesbrough33138123835347
10Stoke CityStoke331112103837145
11Bristol City33143163544-945
12Millwall3391683230243
13Preston North EndPreston33134163742-543
14Luton TownLuton32118132737-1041
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn32117144638840
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest331010132832-440
17Queens Park RangersQPR311010113136-540
18Derby CountyDerby32108142533-838
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield33106173850-1236
20Coventry CityCoventry33811143044-1435
21Birmingham CityBirmingham33810152541-1634
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3185183342-929
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3297162338-1528
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3258192353-3023
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