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Barnsley have it all to do in this Championship Playoff semi-final second leg on Saturday night after falling to a one goal defeat in the first leg. Andre Ayew’s strike gave Swansea City the narrow victory and gives them the advantage as they head back to South Wales for the second leg on Saturday night.
But wouldn’t it just be typical of this Barnsley team to silence the doubters one last time this season though? Their physical, direct style has been so hard for many teams to handle this season and it’s credit to manager Valérien Ismaël that the team have continued to defy expectations in even earning a top six finish in the first place.
But Swansea are one of the few teams that have had the better of the Tykes this term. Steve Cooper’s men have won both of the regular season games by a two goal margin and after winning at Oakwell on Monday evening, they will have confidence in themselves to get the job done on home turf.
With the vociferous Swans fanbase back in the Liberty Stadium for this one, Barnsley will have their work cut out to turn the tie on it’s head as the Welsh outfit look to go one better than their semi-final defeat to Brentford last campaign.
Swansea vs Barnsley: Match Stats
Swansea will surely look to stifle this game and their opponents direct tactics here with the game still very much in the balance. They have kept three clean sheets against the Tykes this season and only three of their last 13 Championship games have seen both teams find the net.
No fewer than 11 corners were taken in the first-leg between these two teams and Swansea’s fixtures have seen plenty of corners awarded throughout the season, with their matches ranking second-highest for corners. With Barnsley likely to be hoping to test the Swans’ backline plenty here, more corners are surely likely.
Swansea vs Barnsley: Odds
Swansea vs Barnsley: Head to Head
17 May 2021 – Barnsley 0-1 Swansea – Championship Playoffs
16 Jan 2021 – Barnsley 0-2 Swansea – Championship
19 Dec 2020 – Swansea 2-0 Barnsley – Championship
29 Dec 2019 – Swansea 0-0 Barnsley – Championship
19 Oct 2019 – Barnsley 1-1 Swansea – Championship
Swansea’s victory in the first-leg of this Playoff semi-final was a further extension of their dominance over Barnsley this season. The Swans won both of the regular season meetings between the two sides by a 2-0 scoreline, with Jamal Lowe finding the net in both of those victories.