The new Championship season kicks off on August the 17th and we have taken a look at a Barnsley side who may find themselves towards the wrong end of the table, to see if there is any ante-post value to be had.
Championship Odds – Barnsley
Relegation: 2.63 (13/8) Bet365
The Tykes are relegation favourites, mainly due to the players that have left over the last few weeks and months. Then top scorer, Ricardo Vaz Te, left for West Ham back in January and fired his new club to the Premier League, but perhaps more worryingly, Jacob Butterfield has also moved on in the last few weeks, and that is a significant blow to a club already staring down the barrel of a tough season.
There have been new arrivals, but they do not inspire confidence. Egyptian striker Mido (pictured below) has come in, but it takes a real leap of faith to see him firing them to safety. Youngster Toni Silva has been snapped up from Liverpool but at 18, lacks experience. Barnsley also thought they might secure the services of Manchester United midfielder, Oliver Norwood, but he instead opted for newly promoted Huddersfield – highlighting the issues Barnsley have attracting players. Without proven match winners, the Tykes are likely to have real problems getting wins, and in a division as competitive as the Championship, they look vulnerable.
Barnsley face either teams who finished in the top half of the Championship last term, or relegated Premiership clubs, in all but one of their opening 8 games. It is a tough start which suggests a price which is already quite small, will only get smaller between now and the home fixture with Peterborough at the start of October. If you fancy the Tykes to drop into League 1, take the price on offer now.
Championship Betting verdict
Barnsley have lost key players over recent months, and finished last season in tame fashion. While the Championship odds on relegation are small at this stage of the season, they still looks tempting, especially given the tough start that the Oakwell club face. Add a punt on Barnsley to be relegated to any ante-post Championship betting portfolio.