29/5: Daily Football Predictions-Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday angling for a promotion

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Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday fight for the chance to reach the Championship when they square off in the League One play-off final on Monday at Wembley.

Barnsley suffered relegation last season and will be hoping to bounce back at the first time of asking while Sheffield Wednesday have been stuck in the third tier for two seasons now, adding to their desperation for Wembley success.

Darren Moore was there when the club dropped down in 2021, and he has overseen two solid campaigns that have achieved play-off positions.

Barnsley did the double over the Owls during the regular season, so they will be feeling confident that they can get the job done under the arch and get back to the Championship after a one-year absence.


Barnsley completed the double over Sheffield Wednesday during the course of the campaign. At Hillsborough, goals from Cole and James Norwood got the job done for the Tykes, before those two were involved once again in a six-goal thriller at Oakwell. Barnsley ran out 4-2 victors, with Max Watters and Liam Kitching also getting their names on the scoresheet for the hosts.

Recent Meetings

21 Mar 2023 – Barnsley 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday – League One

03 Sep 2022 – Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Barnsley – League One

20 Mar 2021 – Barnsley 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday – Championship

12 Dec 2020 – Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Barnsley – Championship

08 Feb 2020 – Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday – Championship

Probable Line Ups

Barnsley XI: Isted; Thomas, Andersen, Kitching; Williams, Phillips, Connell, Kane, Cadden; Tedic, Cole.

Sheffield Wednesday XI: Dawson; Iorfa, Ihiekwe, James; Paterson, Palmer, Bannan, Johnson; Windass, Smith, Gregory.

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Barnsley will be confident heading into this game owing to their record against Monday’s opponents. This is a tie that must have a winner for the Championship spot so there should be goals.

Verdict: Over 2.5 Goals

Anytime Goal Scorer 

Devante Cole

Only four players (Conor Chaplin, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Alfie May, and Aaron Collins) have scored more goals from open play in League One this season than Cole (14). The Barnsley forward has netted 12 Big Chances, which also places him fifth in the League One chart this season according to stats from Squawka and underlines his potency in the opposition half. Cole is a value selection at 3/1 to get a goal in this one.

Michael Smith

Smith has grabbed an impressive 18 goals, though seven of those have come from the spot. His penalty in the ninth minute crucially set the tempo in the Owls’ semi-final turnaround against Peterborough last week, before he also bagged from 12 yards in the resultant shoutout. 

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