Tip Norwich - Barnsley
Championship leaders Norwich hope to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they welcome Barnsley to Carrow Road. Clear at the top by three points, Norwich, who have 44 points from 20 games, failed to win their last two Championship matches. Barnsley are eighth in the table with 34 points, leaving them three points off a play-off spot. The Tykes are in good form, a 2-1 victory at Rotherham being their second win on the trot. It was also the fifth time in six matches that they won 2-1. This run of victories makes Barnsley the form team in England's second tier. While a trip to the league leaders is daunting, they have won three of their last four away matches in the league. Striker Cauley Woodrow has four goals and two assists in his previous eight Championship appearances, a clear dangerman for Norwich to shackle. Not that Norwich are without their own dangerous personnel. Teemu Pukki has 11 goals in the league, putting him among the leading scorers in the division.
However, he would be far less of a threat if it weren't for Emiliano Buendia's talents. One way or another, Buendia will not be playing in the Championship next season. He's simply too good. The Argentine midfielder, who has six goals and six assists, is a leading contender for player of the season. Now he must help Norwich get in the win column again. A defeat and a draw have allowed rivals to gain ground, but the Canaries will look to make this home fixture count. They are unbeaten in nine home games and have never lost to Barnsley at home, a run of 12 matches. We suggest backing the home side to get all three points.
Key points Norwich - Barnsley
Norwich are unbeaten in 12 home games against Barnsley.
Barnsley have won five of their last six matches, every win by a 2-1 scoreline.
Norwich are unbeaten in their last nine home matches.
Conclusion Norwich - Barnsley
Barnsley have been superb of late, but we see that good run of form ending against a selection of the league's best players. Back a Buendia-inspired Norwich to win.
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Norwich Barnsley Prediction published on December 31, 2020