EFL League One | Portsmouth VS Barnsley; Wednesday, 17 April at 02:45 GMT +8

Portsmouth returns to the Championship after 11 seasons in the 3rd and 4th tier. With 91 points in 43 rounds, they are five points above Derby but nine points away from third place. A win in the next match would secure a direct promotion if Bolton fails to win in their match.

Barnsley has been consistently moving between the Championship and League One for the last seven seasons, reaching the League One Playoffs Final last year but losing to Sheffield Wednesday. This season, they are on track to secure the playoffs, currently holding 5th place over 7th place Blackpool. However, concerns remain over the last part of the season.

Portsmouth is on a 16-game unbeaten run and has won six of the last seven matches at home. They could have easily reached a seven-game winning streak at Fratton Park. Barnsley is struggling in the final part of the season, winning only once in the last six games and not having a game against top six teams. They have lost back-to-back games against Stevenage and Charlton, making them untrustworthy against the best team in the league. Portsmouth is expected to secure another home win and take a significant step towards winning the League One title.

Predicted lineups:


Goalkeeper: Will Norris
Defenders: Connor Ogilvie, Joe Rafferty, Conor Shaughnessy, Sean Raggett
Midfielders: Marlon Pack, Owen Moxon, Abu Kamara, Paddy Lane
Forwards: Colby Bishop, Callum Lang


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

  • Portsmouth – 2 wins
  • Barnsley – 1 win
  • Draws – 3

Over all competition record

EFL League One Standings

Barnsley is expected to score a goal against Portsmouth, but a 2-1 advantage is expected for Portsmouth at full-time.

Winning probability:

Portsmouth – 51%

Draw – 26%

Barnsley – 23%

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