Barnsley vs Grimsby Town Predictions

Barnsley vs Grimsby Town predictions for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy clash at Oakwell Stadium. The hosts come into this clash following a 2-0 triumph against Cheltenham Town last Saturday. Similarly, Grimsby secured a 2-0 victory over Gillingham in League Two on the same day. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Barnsley vs Grimsby Town Predictions


EFL Trophy Tussle Beckons

Key Stats
-Barnsley haven’t defeated Grimsby in a competitive match since March 2001.
– Grimsby maintain a 60% ball possession in the Football League Trophy this season.
– Devante Cole of Barnsley boasts an impressive six goals this season.

In a highly anticipated EFL Trophy Northern Group F matchup, League One side Barnsley are gearing up to face off against Grimsby Town on Tuesday night. As both teams look to gain an early edge, past performance and recent stats will play a vital role in determining the outcome.

Barnsley’s Ambitions and Recent Form

Holding an impressive record in the competition, the Tykes seek to replicate their success from the 2015-16 season when they lifted the trophy, having defeated Oxford United in the final. However, while the EFL Trophy may not be their primary focus this season, a win could further boost their morale and drive their ambition of a promotion to the Championship.


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Barnsley started the 2023-24 season in commendable fashion, accumulating 10 points from six matches. Their recent form indicates a shift in momentum, with consecutive victories over Wigan Athletic and Cheltenham Town. However, their defeat on penalties to Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Cup’s initial round serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of cup competitions.

Grimsby Town’s Position and Recent Form

Grimsby’s EFL Trophy journey began with a hard-fought draw against Manchester City Under-21s, eventually triumphing in the penalty shootout. With two previous EFL Trophy titles under their belt, the last being in 1997-98, Grimsby certainly possesses the pedigree to challenge Barnsley.

Their League Two form showcases a team finding its rhythm, with nine points from six games. The recent 2-0 victory over Gillingham, featuring goals from Niall Maher and Gavan Holohan, will undoubtedly bolster their confidence coming into this clash.

Team News and Starting XI Predictions

Barnsley, having enjoyed a recent win without incurring fresh injuries, might still rotate their squad. Though Devante Cole, with an outstanding six goals this season, is likely to rest, Theo Chapman may join the fray.

For Grimsby, the lineup that faced Man City Under-21s might mostly remain unchanged. Rekeil Pyke, who scored against the young Citizens, is set to continue upfront. Changes might see Harry Clifton replacing Charles Vernam, with Harvey Cartwright guarding the goalposts.

Key Predictions

  1. Match Outcome: Considering the depth and quality Barnsley possesses, as well as their home advantage, a Barnsley win seems most plausible. Drawing from Grimsby’s form and Barnsley’s recent upturn, a “Both Teams to Score” market appears justified.
  2. Correct Score Prediction: With both sides in decent scoring form, a 2-1 victory in favour of Barnsley seems a logical prediction. This is buoyed by the previous scoring patterns of both teams and the likely changes in their lineups.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: Theo Chapman, expected to feature for Barnsley, might be the man to find the net. For Grimsby, Rekeil Pyke, having already demonstrated his goal-scoring prowess, stands as a strong candidate.

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Herrin Kendrick
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