EFL League One | Bolton Wanderers FC VS Barnsley FC; Tuesday, 08 May at 03:00 GMT +8

Bolton, who reached the Playoffs last year but were eliminated in the Semi-Finals, are better suited this year due to their win in the first leg and better performance in the regular season. The Trotters finished in third place, just five points away from direct promotion, thanks to excellent home performances.

Barnsley, a team with a strong record in League One, has struggled in recent months and entered the Playoffs as the worst-form team. After losing 3:1 in their first game, they must now face Bolton, a match that could potentially backfire on them.

Bolton are in excellent form, having only lost against Derby County in the last 13 games. They have won 15 out of 23 matches in League One, 65%. Barnsley is in terrible form, winning only two points in the last seven matches and losing four in a row away from home. Bolton won 3:1 on the road in the first leg.

Ian Evatts, after a 3:1 win in the first leg, praised the team’s control and management of the away environment. He emphasized the importance of staying grounded and humble, despite the unfortunate injuries they suffered post-Christmas, and the team’s return at the right time.

Barnsley sack Nathan Collins and appointed assistant manager Martin Devaney as caretaker manager before the Playoffs. Under Devaney, Barnsley won one point in two games. After a 3:1 loss in the first leg, Devaney emphasized the importance of being positive and aiming for an early goal to improve their performance.

Predicted lineups:

Bolton Wanderers FC

Goalkeeper: Nathan Baxter
Defenders: Gethin Jones, Ricardo Santos, Eoin Toal
Midfielders: Georige Thomason, Josh Sheehan, Josh Cogley, Paris Maghoma, Randell Williams
Forwards: Dion Charles, Aaron Collins

Barnsley FC

Goalkeeper: Liam Roberts
Defenders: Jordan Williams, Mael Durand de Gevigney, Josh Earl
Midfielders: Nicky Cadden, Herbie Kane, Corey O’Keeffe, Adam Phillips, Luca Connell
Forwards: Devante Cole, John McAtee

  • Bolton Wanderers FC – 2 wins
  • Barnsley FC – 1 win
  • Draws – 3

Over all competition record

EFL League One Standings

Bolton Wanderers are expected to score several goals against Barnsley, who may struggle to score goals. Our prediction is a comfortable 2-0 win for them.

Winning probability:

Bolton Wanderers FC – 56%

Draw – 23%

Barnsley FC – 21%

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