All eyes on Barnsley's derby

2May 2013

England - The Championship


In Saturday's titanic Championship relegation scrap, it's all eyes on Yorkshire, as Barnsley's result will impact on six strugglers' fates...


Both Millwall and Crystal Palace passed up the opportunity to nail down their end-of-season targets at The Den on Tuesday night.


By drawing 0-0, Palace missed the chance to confirm a play-off spot, while their south London rivals failed to guarantee their Championship safety, although the point did at least make their relegation unlikely.


Kenny Jackett's side remain one of the outsiders at 22.0 to face last-day relegation heartache as the only way down is by losing at Derby then Sheffield Wednesday grabbing at least a point and both Barnsley and Peterborough winning their games.


Phew. That's the simple bit out of the way - now time to rule Blackburn out of the equation.


Even though they could technically still be relegated, their 1000.0 price for the drop gives a clue that the permutations involve a highly improbable arrangement of results combined with Rovers getting beaten about 15-0 at Birmingham.


Huddersfield are in the frame priced at 27.0 but their involvement in the drama is complicated by a Yorkshire derby against fellow trapdoor nominees Barnsley, currently occupying the final relegation spot on goal difference and 1.8 to be condemned to League One.


There is no greater incentive for the Tykes to beat the Terriers than surviving themselves and potentially sending their rivals down in their own stadium.


However, this dream scenario can only be achieved if Millwall at least ensure a draw and fellow escapists Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday both achieve victories.


A draw would be enough for Barnsley and Huddersfield if Peterborough get beaten by Palace at Selhurst Park.


This leads us on perfectly to the possible fate of the aforementioned Posh and Owls, who are 2.72 and 13.0 respectively for the Championship shunt.


Basically, both clubs' fans will be rooting for Huddersfield, as a loss for Barnsley spells the end for the Oakwell outfit regardless, wiping out any other permutation

along with it.


Superior goal difference over Barnsley gives both Wednesday and Peterborough a little security but both can easily slip out of the second tier by dropping points.


The Yorkshire club look to have the much easier assignment at home to a Middlesbrough side who have collected one away point in 2013, whereas Peterborough travel to play-off seeking Palace.


The longer Barnsley have a chance of winning, the more nerves will become shredded, but Peterborough look like the club who may be in for the worst of it.


Poor old Wolves require a win at high-flying Brighton, a Barnsley loss and a heavy defeat for the Posh and seem resigned to their fate after ugly scenes at Molineux last Saturday. They are clear 1.04 favourites for the drop.



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Keywords: Barnsley, derby, Huddersfield

Source: Betfair

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