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Barnsley vs Bolton: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Barnsley vs Bolton: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Both Barnsley and Bolton will be hoping to book their spot in the League One play-off final when they meet on Friday at 8pm (UK time).

Barnsley vs Bolton: Betting tips

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Barnsley vs Bolton: Predictions

Barnsley vs Bolton: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 17/20 with Ladbrokes
Correct score Barnsley 2-1 Bolton 34/5 with Midnite
First Goalscorer Devante Cole 11/2 with Bet365

At the halfway stage of this play-off semi-final, there is no separating Barnsley and Bolton after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. Nicky Cadden gave Barnsley the lead just after the hour mark but it only lasted a few minutes before Dion Charles equalised.

Barnsley are hoping for an immediate return to the Championship after their relegation last season in what was a time of turmoil. Just a year before they were in the playoffs, playing for a chance to reach the Premier League, only losing to Swansea in the semi-finals. But they re-found their footing in League One and shouldn’t be in the third tier for too long.

A spot in the play-offs may not have seemed too possible early on as Barnsley won just six of their first 15 games, losing six and going on a run of four games without scoring. But they turned things around just before the mini-break and lifted themselves way up the table with 14 wins from their final 21 matches.

Bolton, meanwhile, secured fifth in the league thanks to a late surge, winning three of their final four games while others around them faltered. This is Bolton’s second year back in League one after their promotion in 2021, and they recorded a respectable finish in their first campaign, finishing 10 points off the playoffs. Sure, a name like Bolton may be expected to be higher, but this is a Trotters side essentially restarting. Now, Bolton are looking to be in the Championship for the first time since 2018/19, the start of their downfall.

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Barnsley vs Bolton match stats

As mentioned, Barnsley got the scoring underway in the first leg and they’ll be hoping to use that to their advantage in the second leg as they look to make it to Wembley. Barnsley have scored first in six of their past 10 league games, including the playoffs.

Devante Cole was the provider for Barnsley in the first leg but the Tykes will be looking to their man main to get amongst the goals on Friday. The Englishman has scored 15 goals in League One this season, more than any other Barnsley player.

Barnsley vs Bolton: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Barnsley 2-1 Bolton

Barnsley vs Bolton head-to-head

13 May 2023 – Bolton 1-1 Barnsley – League One play-offs

2 January 2023 – Barnsley 0-3 Bolton – League One

5 November 2022 – Bolton 1-2 Barnsley – FA Cup

15 October 2022 – Bolton 0-0 Barnsley – League One

10 August 2021 – Boltong 0-0 Barnsley – EFL Cup

These two sides have already met four times this season and it’s been tough to separate them, with one win each and two draws. However, Barnsley’s 2-1 win in the FA Cup was their first against Bolton since 1998, ending a run of 14 games without victory.


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