With only a few months left before the Championship 2017/18 ends, every match is extremely important. Boro currently lie 6th in the league table which means they have a very good chance to compete in the Play Offs in the lucky draw for a place in the Premier League next season. The Play Offs are known to be nerve wracking for fans after such a long season, but those feeling lucky will be looking to profit with football betting in Ireland which sees such varying odds at this time in the season. Boro have been impressive in the last few matches with 3 wins out of their last 4 matches in the Championship and will be looking to take the form into home-straight of the season.
They beat Birmingham away in their last match 1-0 with Patrick Bamford continuing his amazing form to score the winner in the game, which was his 7th goal in the last 4 games - including a hat-trick in the match against Leeds United.
In their next match, Boro will come up against Barnsley on the 10th of March at the Riverside Stadium. Barnsley sit in the bottom half of the table in 21st, being just 2 points above the relegation zone with a game in hand. Barnsley’s recent form hasn’t been on point, as they lost 3 games out of the last 6 matches, winning just 1 of them. José Morais, Barnsley’s new manager, would prefer to get back to winning ways against Boro, so that his side can move 5 points clear from the relegation zone.
Boro manager, Tony Pulis, has has his ups and downs since he took over the club from Garry Monk this season. His team have won their last 3 home games but are only 1 point above 7th place Bristol City, notably throwing away a lead against Sunderland in a game which they should have won. So he would like to continue winning so that his side secures at least a top 6 place finish and qualify for the Play Offs.
The last time Boro faced Barnsley was at Oakwell last October, in a game that ended in a 2-2 draw. Garry Monk was the manager back then, but this time with their good run of recent form and home advantage Tony Pulis will expect his side to come up with a strong victory which they failed to do under Garry Monk.
Current Barnsley manager José Morais took over Barnsley from Paul Heckingbottom in February as their new manager hoping to improve their performance. But on the contrary, his record hasn’t been very good up to this stage, managing to win only 1 game out of 4. On top of that Boro’s record against Barnsley is pretty good having faced each other 58 times in total…
Games won against Barnsley: 30
Games drawn against Barnsley: 12
Games lost against Barnsley: 16
Boro midfielder Grant Leadbitter will be sidelined for their clash against Barnsley due to suspension.
Middlesbrough: (Formation 4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: D. Randolph.
Defenders: R. Shotton, Daniel Ayala, B. Gibson, G. Friend.
Midfielders: J. Howson, A. Clayton, M. Bešić.
Forwards: Adama Traoré, P. Bamford, S. Downing.
Coach: Tony Pulis.
Player in form: P. Bamford
Barnsley: (Formation 4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: N. Townsend.
Defenders: Z. Fryers, L. Lindsay, E. Pinnock, A. Yiadom.
Midfielders: B. Potts, J. Williams, G. Gardner.
Forwards: M. Thiam, K. Moore, O. McBurnie.
Coach: José Morais.
Player in form: O. McBurnie