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Swansea vs Barnsley live stream: How to watch Championship play-offs online

By Ben Green

Swansea vs Barnsley live stream, predictions & team news | Championship play-offs

Published: 11:30, 22 May 2021

Swansea take a slender 1-0 advantage into the second leg of their Championship play-off semi-final tie with Barnsley on Saturday at 6.30pm (UK time).

Steve Cooper’s side came through a stern test at Oakwell on Monday night, winning 1-0 courtesy of Andre Ayew, but they executed an identical scoreline at this stage last season against Brentford before losing the second leg, so it’s still very much all to play for.

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Where to watch Swansea v Barnsley on TV:

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Scoreline prediction: Swansea 1-1 Barnsley

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Swansea vs Barnsley build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:

It was a professional job produced by the Swans earlier this week, subduing a passionate Oakwell crowd with a well-wrought Ayew finish, before keeping a lid on the likes of Daryl Dike and Cauley Woodrow. However, Cooper also oversaw a 1-0 advantage over Brentford in the first leg last season, again through Ayew, so he will certainly not be resting on his laurels when Barnsley visit South Wales.

The Tykes showcased a spirited and valiant effort but the discipline and organisation of Cooper’s backline worked well to temper the host’s threat. Valerien Ismael’s men hit the crossbar late on and bossed much of the second half, so will certainly feel confident of overturning the deficit.

  • Swansea (vs Barnsley): Woodman; Naughton, Cabango, Guehi, Bidwell; Fulton, Grimes, Hourihane; Ayew, Lowe, Cullen.
  • Barnsley (vs Swansea): Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Palmer, Mowatt, Styles; Frieser, Woodrow, Dike.

Both managers enter this contest with a clean bill of health to their respective squads.

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Valerien Ismael: From Bayern to Barnsley

The work produced by Valerien Ismael has been nothing short of miraculous at Oakwell, taking Barnsley from relegation fodder to promotion hopefuls in the space of a season is the stuff of legend, and if he were to go a step further, it may go down as one of the Championship’s most unexpected top-flight jumps ever.

The Frenchman certainly knows how to handle the big occasion and will not be put off by the prospect of playing at a venue as cavernous as Wembley, but first all eyes will be on South Wales. A two-time Bundesliga winner with both Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, Ismael certainly comes with playing-career pedigree and will be imparting his knowledge and experience on those Barnsley players.

The Tykes naturally come into this contest as firm outsiders, but Ismael is relishing the contest and remains confident of ‘crashing the party’. “The good thing is we can go into the game without pressure and it will maybe be the first and the last time that Barnsley can go into a game without pressure,” he told Sky Sports.

“We have a big desire to continue. We are really focused, we want to continue our story, to push our limits and we are more ready now than for the first games against Swansea.

“We are the underdogs. I think it’s clear if you see the players in the other squads – the other squads have to be in the play-offs or maybe straight into the Premier League. We are not expected to be in the play-offs, we just crashed the party.”

Alex Mowatt: Leeds’ 2014/15 Player of the Year aiming to join boyhood club in the big time

The Leeds United talent factory has produced some of the country’s most elite players over the years, with the likes of James Milner, Aaron Lennon, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph progressing at Elland Road since the turn of the century, while Kalvin Phillips is the current poster boy.

One player who looked destined to follow in those footsteps and become a Premier League regular was Alex Mowatt, who enjoyed a breakthrough 2013/14 season and soon cemented a regular berth in the starting XI, culminating in him receiving the ‘Leeds United Player of the Year’ award for 2014/15.

However, the versatile midfielder’s form soon dipped and he was unable to recapture that halcyon season, subsequently relocating to South Yorkshire with Barnsley where, after a few teething issues at the start, he has exploded to life and is now the attacking fulcrum of Ismael’s side.

An unconventional strikeforce

Barnsley’s two top scorers this season could not be further apart in terms of their journeys to Oakwell. Cauley Woodrow, once of Fulham, and a Toulon Tournament winner with England U21 in 2016, has netted double digits for the second season running (12), while Daryl Dike, on loan from Major League Soccer side Orlando City is a two-time United States international and a precocious centre-forward who bases his game off Didier Drogba.

At 20, Dike has taken to English football like a duck to water, netting nine goals in just 20 Championship games, giving Barnsley the adrenaline shot they needed in January to maintain their purple patch and consolidate a position in the Championship play-offs.

Alongside Woodrow, Barnsley have one of the division’s most unconventional strike forces and with Mowatt playing in the hole further back, the club have a release valve capable of unlocking defences and picking a pass, which will certainly be giving the Swansea defenders plenty of food for thought in the second leg.

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