The Championship continues its busy schedule on Friday evening as Bournemouth visit Barnsley, with Oakwell playing host to the game under the lights.
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Jason Tindall’s men sit second in the standings after 15 matches, just a point behind leaders Norwich. Their 27 points have come from seven wins, six draws and just two losses.
But they will see the match at Oakwell as the perfect opportunity to go top of the table, at least until the Canaries meet Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherries will particularly want to clinch all three points given that Watford, Reading and Bristol City join them on 27 points for the season.
But they go into the game in temperamental form, with three wins, two losses and a draw in their last six matches. And one of those losses came at home to Preston on Tuesday evening.
Tom Barkhuizen, Scott Sinclair and Patrick Bauer saw the visitors take a stunning 3-0 lead, with Junior Stanislas and Sam Surridge scoring for the hosts in the 3-2 loss.
Bournemouth drew their previous encounter with Rotherham, meaning they are now winless in their last two.
But Valérien Ismaël’s men are in equally inconsistent form. They have three wins and three losses in their last six Championship matches.
And two of those defeats have come in their last two games. The Tykes did, however, recover from back-to-back losses by beating Birmingham 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Scott Hogan put the hosts ahead, but Barnsley showed their determination and recovered to win the game 2-1. A Cauley Woodrow penalty and a late Callum Styles strike secured all three points at St Andrew’s.
Their focus now returns to Friday night, where they welcome the south coast side to Oakwell.
A home victory has been given odds of 13/5, with the visitors available at 22/19.
A draw can be backed at 5/2.
The sides last met all the way back in the 2013/14 Championship campaign. And it was the Cherries who came out on top, winning both meetings 1-0.
Marc Pugh netted in the September encounter, with current player Steve Cook scoring a 90th-minute winner in the return fixture in March.
Another 1-0 win for Bournemouth has been given odds of 7/1.
Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke is currently 9/2 to score the opening goal of the game.
His team-mates Arnaud Danjuma and Josh King can be backed at 5/1 and 6/1 respectively.