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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Fading Barnsley may be stung by the Bees

Cardiff should beat Forest

Brentford's Romaine Sawyers (left) speaks with Lasse Vibe
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Kick-offs from 1pm Monday

Barnsley v Brentford
A solid first half of the season has ensured that Barnsley, promoted last May, will stay in the Sky Bet Championship but the Tykes have faded since Christmas.

That was to be expected, particularly given the January sale of star striker Sam Winnall to Sheffield Wednesday, and Barnsley are worth opposing at home to fast-finishing Brentford.

The hosts may still be reeling from Thursday's capitulation at lowly Wigan, for whom Nick Powell scored a hat-trick in the last 20 minutes to seal a 3-2 win.

Paul Heckingbottom's men had led the Latics 2-0 but the late turnaround means they have won just one of their last ten league games.

Their last home win in the Championship came against Leeds on January 21 and their winless run at Oakwell could be extended to eight games.

Brentford are in fine fettle following four wins in five games, the last of which was a 4-0 drubbing of in-form Derby on Friday.

The Bees, with forwards Lasse Vibe and Jota in cracking goalscoring form, are bidding for a top-ten finish and their last four away trips have included wins at promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday (2-1), Nottingham Forest (3-2) and Burton (5-3).

Recommendation
Brentford
2pts 8-5 Betfair

Cardiff v Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest have slipped to within two points of the Sky Bet relegation zone after winning just twice in their last 12 league matches.

Bizarrely, those victories came at home to leaders Brighton (3-0) and third-placed Huddersfield (2-0) but Forest have consistently come up short in less glamorous fixtures such as the trip to Cardiff.

Forest's survival chances were dented by Friday's home defeat to Blackburn, who are third from bottom, and the Tricky Trees cannot rely on their away form to get them out of trouble.

They have lost 14 of their 21 games on the road this season and Cardiff's home form since Neil Warnock took charge in October has been excellent.

The Welsh side have won nine of their 16 matches on their own patch under Warnock and the veteran boss won't want those standards to slip against their under-pressure visitors.

Recommendation
Cardiff
1pt 11-8 BetBright, Sky Bet

Cambridge United v Exeter
Cambridge United's home record against teams above them in Sky Bet League Two reads P9 W0 D4 L5 and fifth-placed Exeter are value to continue that trend.

A 2-1 defeat at Grimsby last time out further reduced Cambridge's slim chances of making the playoffs while their visitors look in good shape for a top-seven finish.

The Grecians have claimed 12 of their 19 league wins away from home and attackers Reuben Reid, Ollie Watkins and David Wheeler could be too sharp for a Cambridge side who have failed to score in five of their seven home games against the top eight. 

Recommendation
Exeter
1pt 21-10 BoyleSports

 

Forest's survival chances were dented by Friday's home defeat to Blackburn, who are third from bottom
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