Odds released for Barnsley’s 2019/20 Championship season


Barnsley’s Championship odds released after League One promotion

It has been a brilliant season for everyone connected with Barnsley Football Club. After suffering relegation from the Championship last season it would have been easy for the rot to continue, but instead they have rolled their sleeves up and turned things around.

The Tykes have won promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking, winning 26 of their matches and racking up 91 points with one game left to play. They are also still in with a huge chance of winning the league title, Luton Town are only above them on goal difference and so if they better their result on the final day they will secure silverware.

Lots of credit must go to Daniel Stendel, the manager who has transformed the clubs fortunes this season. He was hired last summer and despite this being his first ever season in English football, he has excelled in South Yorkshire and has even led the club to their first ever domestic season without losing a single home fixture.

Attention will now begin to turn to next season and whether they can adapt to life back in the Championship. Sky Bet have already released odds for Barnsley's 2019/20 campaign and we have taken a look at them to see how well bookmakers are predicting they will do next term.

Odds suggest Barnsley will be amongst League One favourites for relegation

If you look at Barnsley's recent history when playing in the Championship, then you can see that they usually struggle at that level.

Indeed in their last 10 campaigns in the second tier they have only ever finished higher than 17th once (14th in 2016/17) and on six occasions they have been 20th or lower.

It comes as no surprise therefore, that the bookmakers have priced the Tykes up as favourites for relegation next season. Sky Bet are offering odds of 2/1 for them to go down which is the lower than the likes of fellow promoted side Luton Town, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers.

They will need to invest in the squad if they want to make the step up of that there is no doubt. But they do have the finances to do that having been taken over last year by wealthy overseas businessman Chien Lee, so it could be an interesting transfer window at Oakwell.

Added to that, they also have a couple of goal scorers in their team in Cauley Woodrow and Kieffer Moore. Between them they have scored 32 goals this season and if they can replicate that form in the division above, it will really help Barnsley avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.

What odds are Barnsley to be promoted to the Premier League?

The Barnsley fans will hope that they can avoid a season of struggle in the Championship, and instead try and mount a challenge at the other end of the division.

They last managed to do that in the 1999-2000 season when they finished in fourth place, but as mentioned they do have a wealthy owner which could propel them higher up next term.

It is not unheard of for teams to be promoted from League One and go on to do well in the Championship. The likes of Southampton and Norwich City both managed back-to-back promotions recently, whilst AFC Bournemouth needed just one season in the second tier before being promoted as did Barnsley's neighbours Sheffield United in more recent times.

Bookmakers however feel that it is unlikely that the Tykes will repeat the feats of some of these clubs. Indeed they are 9/1 to achieve promotion from the Championship next season, which is the longest set of odds currently on the market alongside Luton, Millwall, QPR, Reading and Wigan.

That is quite a lot longer than the odds for current favourites Fulham and Stoke City who are both priced at 5/2 to go up. Meanwhile Barnsley's odds to win the Championship are very high at 40/1 with Sky Bet.


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