With 11 games of the season left to play, the Cherries are currently in seventh, two points behind the Tykes in sixth.
Barnsley missed the opportunity to go level on points with fifth-placed Reading when they drew 0-0 with Derby County on Wednesday in a game of few chances at Oakwell.
It brought an end to the Tykes’ sensational seven game winning streak, but they are still 10 matches unbeaten. It is a run of form that has propelled them from mid-table obscurity to being in with a chance of an unlikely promotion.
The job that Valerien Ismael has done is remarkable considering that Barnsley were 21st in the table when he took over in October, and a place in the playoffs come May is now a real possibility.
After travelling to the Vitality Stadium, the Yorkshire outfit’s next two fixtures are against the bottom two – Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday – before they face a potentially crucial clash against Reading.
In contrast to Barnsley’s early season expectations, for Bournemouth a spot in the top six was the undoubted goal after their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Danjuma’s goal was Bournemouth’s 50th in the Championship this season – only three teams have more. They have scored in all but two of their home fixtures this season.
It is an intense period for the Cherries, as they host Swansea City on Tuesday before facing Southampton in the FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend.
Bournemouth have won the last three meetings between the two sides without conceding a goal, earning a clinical 4-0 victory at Oakwell in this season’s reverse fixture in December.
Bournemouth have confirmed that Lewis Cook will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament against Preston last weekend.
Jack Wilshere is likely to take Cook’s place in midfield in what could be Jonathan Woodgate’s only change from the trip to Deepdale.
Valerien Ismael has not tinkered too much with his team in recent games, but may hand a recall to Michael Sollbauer in the back three.
Further up the pitch, Conor Chaplin did little to impress against Derby on Wednesday, so Carlton Morris could start for the first time in four games.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Smith, Carter-Vickers, S. Cook, Kelly; Wilshere, Pearson, Lerma; Stanislas, Solanke, Danjuma
Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Collins; Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Palmer, Mowatt, Styles; Morris, Woodrow; Dike
We say: Bournemouth 1-0 Barnsley
While we are only in March, this game really could prove vital in deciding who takes a playoff spot. With that in mind, both teams may be a little more conservative in their play than usual, and it is likely to be decided by one goal. Bournemouth will have had more preparation after not playing in midweek, so we think the hosts will snatch it.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Sportsmole.co.uk
The post Preview: Bournemouth vs. Barnsley – prediction, team news, lineups appeared first on 247 News Around The World.