David Stendel’s Barnsley enter the new season both full of confidence and full of goals after finishing runners up in League One, before continuing their form into a dominant pre-season display.
It’s been a busy summer off the field too, with no less than 15 players leaving the club, with a solid core of players joining the Tykes, strengthening both the defensive and attacking halves of the team with some shrewd acquisitions from the German, Danish and Belgian leagues, as well as from the Premier League, Championship and League One.
Last Season Statistics & Tactics
Following on from David Wagner at Huddersfield and Daniel Farke at Norwich, Stendel embodies all the qualities and hallmarks we have come to expect from a German head coach. Favouring a 4-2-3-1 formation and an attacking, high-intensity pressing game with plenty of flair and goals, Stendel also excels at developing young players, which suits Barnsley’s roster of exciting prospects.
As manager of Hannover 96 they scored 50 goals in 28 games, and his Barnsley side last season managed 80 in the 46 league season, 10 less than league winners Luton, but conceding only 39, the lowest in the league, with ‘keeper Adam Davies keeping the joint highest clean sheets (with of Shea of Luton) with 19. This is enhanced by the 2 goalkeepers and 3 new centre backs signed in the summer.
Barnsley Fixture Difficulty
They face a tough opener at home to last season’s Premier League outfit Fulham, followed by a South Yorkshire derby at Sheffield Wednesday. This is followed by fellow League One promotees Charlton and Luton both visiting Oakwell, with a trip to Birmingham City sandwiched between. An away trip to Wigan completes the varied opening six fixtures.
Barnsley Penalty Takers
Forward Kieffer Moore scored the first penalty of the season on 1st September, yet newly signed forward Cauley Woodrow took and scored the only other two penalties coming in February and April, as well as taking the pre-season penalty.
Barnsley EFL Fantasy Tips
Forwards Moore and Woodrow had similar scoring stats last season, with Moore claiming 17 goals from 26 starts and 5 from the bench, with Woodrow notching 16 from 28 starts and 2 from the bench. With penalty duty in his favour and a strong pre-season behind him, Woodrow is the better bet. With such an attacking threat it is worth keeping an eye on the form of Senegalese Mamadou Thiam, German Mike-Steven Bahre and exciting English talent Jacob Brown.
Barnsley Predicted Lineup
4-4-2: Radlinger; Cavare, Halme, Diaby, Pinilos; Bahre, Mowatt, McGeehan, Thiam; Brown, Woodrow