EFL Championship Preview: Blackpool vs Barnsley

Blackpool will host Barnsley at Bloomfield Road in the game week nine EFL Championship. Both the teams average one point per game and are currently in the bottom half of the table.

Blackpool are currently 19th in the Championship table with two wins, two draws and four defeats. The Seasiders have been on a good run lately with two wins in their last three matches. Their previous match resulted in a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.

The home team has already scored seven goals this season with an XG rate of 10.09 in all the matches combined. The Seasiders are ranked in the top 10 when it comes to dribbling. Blackpool players have attempted 215 dribbles, and the win% is around 56%.

EFL Championship Preview: Blackpool vs Barnsley

Blackpool have struggled in a lot of departments this season. The team has the least amount of shots on target in the league, with an accuracy of 27%. This could be the reason behind a high XG and fewer goals scored. Passes into the opposition third and passes into the opposition penalty area have been less in number for the home team. The Blackpool team averages 25 successful passes per game into opposition third and five successful passes per game into the opposition penalty area. They are ranked 21st in both departments.

EFL Championship Preview: Blackpool vs Barnsley

Shayne Lavery is the highest goal scorer for Blackpool, with two goals in 19 shots towards goal. He is supported by Josh Bowler, who has the most touches for Blackpool in the opposition box and has added one goal and an assist to his name this season.

There is no fresh injury concerns for the team, but the manager can make changes in the right-back position with Lawrence-Gabriel coming in for Sterling. The other changes could be in attack, and Jerry Yates could come in the playing 11.

EFL Championship Preview: Blackpool vs Barnsley

Barnsley are just a single position above their opponents with the same points and has a better goal difference. The team have only registered one win this season and have drawn four of their previous five games. The team have struggled to score goals, with just six in the eight matches played. But, Barnsley are one of the top five teams for attempting passes into the opposition third, and also average around 26 positional attacks per game. The reason behind conceding fewer goals is their defence. The defensive duels win% is more than 60 for the Tykes this season.

The team has the lowest XG rate in the league. In the previous match, Barnsley players attempted ten shots with an XG of 0.85 but were unsuccessful in scoring a goal. Sixty-nine shots have been attempted towards the goal this season, and these are the second-worst numbers in the league.

EFL Championship Preview: Blackpool vs Barnsley

Another area of concern is the least number of touches in the opposition penalty area. They have the least number of touches in the league with, just 78 touches and only nine touches per game.

Cauley Woodrow carries a threat for the away team. The Englishman has attempted 25 shots this season and is only behind two players this season. Ten shots have been on target, and two out of the ten shots have found the back of the net.

The manager could make changes up-front with the hope that his changes might score a goal. Adeboyejo and Frieser were left on the bench for the last match, and both of them might return to the starting 11.

Both the teams have struggled to score goals this season. The home team is on a good run and have scored more goals than their opponents. Barnsley, on the other hand, has defended well. This match could turn out to be a low scoring contest if we look at the stats of the two teams.