Sky Sports EFL expert David Prutton has predicted Middlesbrough’s winless run since before the international break will continue against Barnsley on Saturday.
Neil Warnock’s side were beaten 1-0 by Millwall in the last game before the break and took just one point from their two matches over the Easter weekend.
Those results have meant their play-off push is all but over while they now face a Barnsley side that are on course for a top-six finish.
The Tykes are fifth as things stand but seventh-place Bournemouth are hot on their heels – meaning they need to keep up their impressive recent form.
Via Sky Sports, Prutton has predicted they will do just that on Saturday and will come away 2-1 winners against Boro at Oakwell.
He explained: “Two more goals for Daryl Dike on Monday, even with the penalty miss he has been a sensational acquisition for Barnsley, helping blaze their trail into the play-offs.
“Middlesbrough got a good point against Watford on Monday, but look likely to fall short of the play-offs. Neil Warnock will still have them right up for every game and the Tykes need to be wary of that, but for me, this is still a home win.”
That result could see Valerien Ismael’s men climb as high as third if the two sides above them slip up, while if either of the teams below them fail to win it could mean they widen their cushion over seventh.
Boro, on the other hand, could see the gap between them and the top six grow to 11 points – a very, very difficult distance to make up over the five subsequent games.
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Boro’s play-off hopes are all but gone and defeat to the Tykes would surely kill them off completely.
Warnock will get his side going for this one and they battled for a point against Watford but remain winless since before the international break and it’s hard to see them changing that away at Oakwell.
Barnsley have been one of the stories of the season and Ismael’s side will be determined to ensure they finish of the campaign properly, starting with the visit of Boro.