EFL Championship Preview: Barnsley vs Derby County

Barnsley will be hosting Derby County at the Oakwell Stadium on matchday 16 of the 2021-22 EFL Championship season. This will be a clash between two teams who are currently at the bottom of the Championship. Barnsley are at 23rd with just eight points from their 15 games, while Derby County sit at the bottom of the Championship with five points(12 point deduction). Here, we look at some of the stats in the build-up towards the game between Barnsley and Derby County.

Barnsley have now lost seven games in a row in the Championship, and have only picked up one win so far. They have just eight points, with one win, five draws, and nine defeats. Derby County, on the other hand, have played decent football. They should have had 17 points from their 15 games, but the 12 point deduction sees them at the bottom of the table with just five points. Their recent form has not been the best, as they have not won any game in the last five games, drawing four and losing one.

EFL Championship Preview: Barnsley vs Derby CountyThe above viz shows the xGA (expected goals against) value for the various teams in the Championship. It shows that both Derby County and Barnsley have high xGA values, meaning they have more chances of conceding goals. Derby County have the fourth-highest xGA with 22.87, followed by Barnsley, who have the fifth-highest xGA with 22.54. Derby County, however, have only conceded 13 goals in their 15 games and have had a decent defensive record. On the other hand, Barnsley have conceded 22 goals in their 15 games.

EFL Championship Preview: Barnsley vs Derby CountyIn terms of xG, Barnsley have a higher xG value of 15.41 than Derby County’s 14.49. The xG or expected goals value depends on the goal-scoring chances created by the team. Barnsley have scored 10 goals till now, while Derby County have scored 11. Both teams have recorded very similar stats in the recent games, but Derby county have been able to get a few points from here and there, and are expected to cross Barnsley, and level the bottom spot soon.

EFL Championship Preview: Barnsley vs Derby CountyDerby County have had the least touches inside the opposition box in the entire division. They have had just 158 touches inside the penalty area, as compared to Barnsley’s 221. This means Barnsley will be the team that will look to attack more.

It is an important game for both teams as they sit at the bottom of the Championship standings. A win for Derby County can see them go level on points with Barnsley, and help them move up the table. On the other hand, a Barnsley win has the potential to also take them up the table. Derby County have been playing better football, and would not have been at the bottom without the point deduction. Therefore, we expect Derby county to win the match 2-1.

Barnsley possible starting lineup: Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Kitching; Brittain, Gomes, Moon, Williams; Cole, Woodrow, Iseka

Derby County possible starting lineup: Roos; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Buchanan; Morrison, Bird, Shinnie, Lawrence; Kazim-Richards, Baldock