I’m not sure many of us would have expected this, right?
Barnsley and Reading are both hunting down an unlikely promotion to the Premier League after flourishing behind closed doors this season.
Sitting in 5th and 6th, respectively, the Tykes and the Royals are in prime position for a playoff spot – this after finishing the 2019/20 season in the bottom half and flirting with relegation.
Friday signals a huge chance for either side to kick on ahead of the other, with every point crucial as we approach the home straight of the Championship marathon.
So, who will come up trumps inside Oakwell Stadium, enjoying the Good-est Good Friday of them all?
Check out our top Odds Pick and Long Shot below.
|Fixture||Barnsley v Reading|
|Date||Friday, April 2 2021 at 17:30|
|Where||Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley|
|How to Watch||Live on Sky Sports|
Our Top Odds Pick – Barnsley to win – 5/4 with Betvictor
All good things must come to an end.
That’s what Valerien Ismael will be telling his Barnsley side this week.
Prior to their loss to Sheffield Wednesday a fortnight ago, the Tykes had taken 28 points from a possible 30 in the Championship, rocketing up the table through the playoffs back door.
Reading have had a similarly impressive – yet unexpected – season, but have hit a brick wall in recent weeks.
The Royals are three without a win and will be relying on their solid head-to-head form against Barnsley to escape Oakwell with something to show for.
Barnsley have lost just four of their last 18 home matches in the Championship, and we think the Tykes hold real value at 5/4 for a home win.
Our Long Shot – Barnsley 2-0 Reading correct score – 9/1 with bet365
12 of Barnsley’s 18 wins this season have seen the Tykes bag twice, and with Reading’s defence beginning to leak goals in recent outings a 2-0 home win certainly looks worth a small stake.
Daryl Dike has scored four in the last six Championship outings for Barnsley and will be high on the list of potential game-winners for the hosts.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.