On Saturday, Oakwell Stadium will host a meeting between Barnsley and Charlton Athletic as they take part in their third Championship outings of 2019/2020. The game will get started at 3pm, with the home side enjoying better results in this fixture during recent times, winning two of the previous three encounters. With the visitors in second spot, they’ll be desperate to maintain this winning run.
Barnsley began their campaign with a matchup versus newly relegated Fulham, managed by former player Scott Parker. One goal from Luke Thomas after just thirteen minutes was all it took to see the home team on their way to three points, and the scorer was a standout individual on the day as a whole. Last time out however, things didn’t quite go as planned. Sheffield Wednesday welcomed them to Hillsborough and sent Daniel Stendel’s men packing with nothing to show for their efforts in a disappointing 2-0 defeat through a strike in either half from Jacob Murphy and Steven Fletcher.
Charlton will be seeking their third victory on the trot here after two victories to start their new season. First, it was a trip to Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers and thanks to a first-half goal by Ben Purrington, they opened the scoring. Dillon Phillips hit into his own net shortly after half time, followed by Lyle Taylor’s winner later on in the affair. Taylor was on the scoresheet once more in the next match, this time against Stoke City. Tom Ince got the leveller on that occasion, but Chuks Aneke and Conor Gallagher ensured maximum points would remain at The Valley as the tie came to a close.
Alex Mowatt is a doubt for this one due to a pulled muscle, while Jacob Brown won’t return to action until early September with a hamstring issue. Luke Thomas will be hoping to get amongst the goals once more on Saturday after bagging against Fulham, although there will be much improvement needed from Barnsley if they’re to overcome this challenge. Upon their trip to Sheffield Wednesday, too many players were passengers and the likes of Dimitri Cavare and Cauley Woodrow let themselves down with poor displays.
Continuing to recover from a hamstring problem, Lewis Page may be forced to watch from the sidelines. Fans will instead look to their star-man as of now, Lyle Taylor, to create and get on the end of chances. Having already notched two goals thus far, the attacker will be fired up to get another one this weekend, with the top-scorer award in his sights. Jason Pearce has also impressed, though many feel Tom Lockyer can offer more than what he’s shown up to now.
It’s clear that Charlton are big favourites ahead of this game, with two wins already under their belt and some very impressive performances from players. Barnsley won’t want to slip too far behind the teams at the top, so a win here is virtually necessary for them if they’re to keep pace. Therefore, we can see both sides scoring due to the fact they’ve netted this season and Charlton’s defense can be attacked and beaten. For our first tip, we’re going for Charlton to win and BTTS @ 8.00. Charlton have proven themselves to be formidable opposition in their opening matches so far, with three goals scored last time and two netted on the first day of this campaign. @ 3.25, we’re choosing Charlton to score 2+ as our second tip.