EFL Championship Preview: Reading vs Barnsley

Reading host a struggling Barnsley side in the 12th gameweek of the EFL Championship. The Royals have scored more than twice the number of goals scored by Barnsley.

Reading are ranked tenth in the league with 16 points. They returned to winning ways after completing a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City in the previous round. The team is on a good run and has earned 12 points out of the possible 15. a

EFL Championship Preview: Reading vs Barnsley

The Royals have scored 17 goals with a goal per 90 average of 1.41. They have seven different goal scorers and the team expected goal rate is 11.58. These goals have been scored from the 110 shots attempted by the players. The shooting accuracy is 35% and total shots on target for the Royals are 39.

EFL Championship Preview: Reading vs Barnsley

The Royals are ranked low for attempting passes into the opposition penalty area. These stats are lower than the teams who have scored fewer goals than Reading. The team is also ranked low for attempting passes into the opposition final third. They are just one pass better than Derby County who are last in the standings for passes into the opposition third.

EFL Championship Preview: Reading vs Barnsley

The above viz is a match overview of their last match against Cardiff. Cardiff dominated the match and the Royals only attempted two shots towards the goal. However, there were a few positives as their top performer John Swift was once again in the pick of the action. The midfielder has seven goals and five assists to his name and has been the most influential player for his team. However, Reading will be without Junior Hoilett who was injured on international duty.

Barnsley suffered their third straight defeat against Millwall. The team is ranked in 22nd position with eight points in 11 games. Goal scoring is an issue for the away side and have managed to find the back of the net seven times.

EFL Championship Preview: Reading vs Barnsley

Barnsley might have scored the least number of goals but are ranked above most of the teams when we look at the passes into the opposition final third. They have more passes than their opponents within this zone. Barnsley have created more positional attacks than their weekend opponent. The Tykes have contested more than 800 defensive duels and around 650 aerial duels. The recoveries made by Barnsley players in the middle third is the highest number in the league.

EFL Championship Preview: Reading vs Barnsley

The Tykes have attempted very few shots in the season. Out of the 103 shots attempted, only 32 have been on target. The shooting accuracy is just above 30%. In the above viz we can see that 17 shots have been attempted from inside the opposition box. This means that 15 shots have been attempted from outside the box. The number of touches in the opposition box are very few for the Tykes.

Cauley Woodrow is the top goal scorer for Barnsley with three goals. Youngster Callum Styles also has a goal and an assist to his name. There are only four goalscorers in the team.

Reading will look to continue their good run and will try to make five wins out of six. They are facing a Barnsley side struggling for goals. Last season Reading got the better of their opponents in this fixture and will look to repeat the process. Barnsley will look to get out of the relegation zone with a victory.