AFC Bournemouth will entertain visitors Barnsley on Matchday 6 of the 21-22 EFL Championship season. The Cherries currently reside in 6th in the table and are one of the four unbeaten teams in the Championship. They will look to continue their unbeaten run this weekend. Barnsley on the other hand are currently 14th in the league table and will hope to get a result when they visit the Vitality Stadium.
Scott Parker’s Bournemouth have had a decent start to the season, as they have won two and drawn three of their opening five league games and accumulated nine points so far. Their home form has not been the greatest, as both their home games against West Brom and Blackpool have ended in draws. The Cherries will be hoping to get their first home win of the season on Saturday as they aim to strengthen their challenge for at least a top-six finish this season.
Barnsley’s start to the season has been underwhelming to say the least, with six points from the first five games and 14th spot in the league table. Marcus Schopp’s side have collected two points from two away games, after draws against Cardiff City and QPR. The Tykes will aim for their first away win of the season when they travel to the Vitality Stadium, setting up an exciting clash for the neutral football fans.
Both Barnsley and Bournemouth have conceded five goals in the first five games of the season, but going forward Bournemouth have been more effective as they have scored eight compared to Barnsley’s five. The above visual shows the percentage of successful attacking actions, a metric in which Barnsley stand at the bottom of the entire Championship with only 38.6% success. The Cherries on the other hand have the third-best success rate of 48.7% in the Championship, clearly showing their attacking superiority over The Tykes.
One of the key reasons for Barnsley’s decent defensive record is their goalkeeper’s save percentage. Bradley Collins has the third-highest save percentage among all Championship goalkeepers and has been key in getting results for Barnsley. Bournemouth’s main strength has been their superior attack paired with a decent defence. They have been able to get enough goals to keep them away from defeat, as they have racked up the highest shots on target percentage in the Championship.
The match will be highly enjoyable for the neutrals, as one of the most accurate attacking unit is going against a strong defence line with one of the most in-form goalkeepers in the division. Both teams have stayed away from any new injuries over the international break and will look to pose their best teams onto the pitch in order to win the match.
AFC Bournemouth’s Predicted Starting XI (4-4-2): GK – Orjan Nyland, RB – Jack Stacey, CBs – Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly, LB – Jordan Zemura, RM – David Brooks, CMs – Jefferson Lerma and Ben Pearson, LM – Jaidon Anthony, RCF -Dominic Solanke, LCF -Emiliano Marcondes.
Barnsley’s Predicted Starting XI (3-4-3): GK – Bradley Collins, CBs- Toby Sibbick, Michal Helik and Liam Kitching, RWB – Callum Brittain, CDMs – Romal Palmer and Josh Benson, LWB – Callum Styles, RW – Dominik Frieser, ST – Cauley Woodrow, LW – Clarke Oduor.