Barnsley will host Bolton Wanderers in the second leg of their League One semi-final at Oakwell on Friday night. The first leg at Bolton University Stadium six days earlier ended in a 1-1 draw. After a goalless 45-minute opener, Nicky Cadden put the Tykes ahead three minutes into the second half, but Dion Charles equalized four minutes later to seal the winning goal in South Yorkshire’s second leg. Barnsley were clearly Horwich’s best team as Michael Duff’s men created 19 goal-scoring chances with five shots on target. Despite owning 62% of the ball, Wanderers only scored one shot on goal in the entire 90 minutes of football.
🗣️ “𝗜 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶 A 𝗵 𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴.”
Ian Evatt speaks ahead of Friday’s semi-final second leg…#bwfc
– Bolton Wanderers (OfficialBWFC) May 17, 2023
Barnsley head into Friday’s match on a four-match winless streak, while picking up just one point from their last three Third Division games of the season. After securing their 26th league win of the season against Oxford United last month, the Tykes were thrashed 3-0 by Ipswich Town before running into a thrilling 4-4 draw away to MK Dons, then ending their league campaign with a 2-0 defeat. against Peterborough United. Meanwhile, on a positive note, Duff’s side have won nine of their last 11 home games, so Barnsley will be hoping to book their place in the final at Wembley.
Bolton, on the other hand, have been unbeaten in their last six away matches in League One, while winning three of those matches. The Whites managed a dominant 3-0 win over Barnsley in their last visit to Oakwell in January, and they will enter the competition on the back of a much better performance than Tykes, having lost just one of their last ten matches, with five wins and four clean sheets coming. In the last nine regular season games. Charles Dionne will be Bolton’s main threat going forward as the 27-year-old is their leading scorer this season with 18 strikes to his name, while Victor Adeboyogo, who has scored 14 goals in the Third Division for Wanderers, is more than capable of coming off From the bench and deliver the goods.
Barnsley possible starting lineup: Ested, Thomas, Anderson, Kitching, Williams, Phillips, Connell, Keane, Caden, Tiddick, Cole
Possible starting lineup for Bolton: Trafford, Toole, Santos, Johnston, Bradley, Sheehan, Morley, Williams, Dempsey, Kachunga, Charles
|MK Dons||4-4 (d)|
|Oxford United||2-0 (s)|
|Bristol Rovers||2-3 (s)|
face to face
|Results of the last 5 matches||a result|
|Illustration by Bolton Barnsley||1-1|
|Bolton beat Barnsley||0-3|
|Barnsley beat Bolton||1-2|
|Illustration by Bolton Barnsley||0-0|
|Bolton beat Barnsley||1-0|
Barnsley vs Bolton Wanderers live broadcast and matches
The Premier League semi-final clash between Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers will be played at Oakwell on Saturday at 12:30am IST.
|Barnsley vs Bolton||Key details|
|date||May 19 (Friday)|
|UK launch time||8:00 PM (Thursday)|
|Departure time in India||12:30 AM (Friday)|
Where to watch the Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers match?
UK football fans can catch the live action via Sky Sports Football, Sky Ultra HD, Sky Go Extra, Sky Sports Main Event and Talk sport 2 Radio UK.
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