Barnsley are keeping the pressure on table-topping Luton Town in League One with the gap between the two sides now sitting at just three points following the Hatters’ failure to beat Plymouth Town at the weekend. The South Yorkshire side have now gone 16 league games without defeat and head into their midweek meeting with fellow promotion-hopefuls Sunderland on the back of a 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley. Perhaps more importantly, the Tykes opened-up a four point gap between themselves and third-placed Sunderland and this gap will become even wider should they edge their way to three points on Tuesday evening, this meeting likely to go some way towards deciding who goes into the automatic promotion places and who has to settle for a play-off berth.
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Barnsley may be enjoying some excellent form of late but visitors Sunderland have also been enjoying an impressive unbeaten run which has seen them go 17 without defeat across all competitions. Nevertheless while Barnsley have been enjoying plenty of wins along the way, the Black Cats have been held back by their many draws and if you look at their recent record, they have been forced to share the spoils in eight of their last fourteen league outings. This is the reason why they aren’t enjoying a top-two position right now and it is clearly something which manager Jack Ross needs to address in the lead-up to the closing stages of the campaign.
Indeed Sunderland have drawn more matches than any other League One team and given that they have lost just twice on their travels this season while Barnsley are unbeaten at Oakwell, we envisage the spoils being shared yet again in South Yorkshire on Tuesday evening, BetVictor Bookmakers going 13/5 on a draw.