Early Reds Team News
After an International break The Reds will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Striker Istvan Ferenczi has failed to recover from his ankle injury that has forced him to miss the last few games whilst on loan midfielder Anderson De Silva misses out through suspension after collecting five bookings.
Sam Togwell, Andy Johnson and Rohan Ricketts are all hoping to replace the Brazilian but the best bet is on Grant McCann coming into the centre and Martin Devaney being restored to the starting lineup on the wing
Defender Stephen Foster plays against his former club.
Brian Howard ©
Head to Head
Barnsley are looking to continue an impressive home record against the Lancashire rivals Burnley. The Reds have not been defeated by Burnley at Oakwell for 11 games, dating back to 1932!
Last season saw Barnsley grab a real backs to the wall 1-0 victory on Boxing Day when a first half Devaney strike grabbed all the spoils despite Burnley throwing everything including the sink in the second half.
BARNSLEY: Colgan, Hassell, Togwell, Hayes (Knight 86), Austin (Heckingbottom 34), Kay, K. Reid, Nardiello (Richards 86), Devaney, McCann, Atkinson.
Subs: Williams, Letheren.
BURNLEY: Jensen, Thomas, Harley (Hyde 75), Duff, J. O'Connor, Jones (G. O'Connor 83), Elliott, McCann, Lafferty (Mahon 75), Noel Williams, Foster.
Subs: Branch, Spicer.
The trips to Turf Moor have not being so joyous however. The Reds have lost three of the last four trips including a nightmare last season when two fine Michael McIndoe strikes had given The Reds 2-0 lead before Gifton Noel-Williams helped himself to a second half hat-trick as Burnley triumphed 4-2!
Burnley: Jensen, Harley, Thomas, McGreal, Duff, Mahon ((Noel-Williams 35, (Lafferty 90)), Hyde, J O'Connor, Elliott, Gray, Jones (McCann 84)
Subs not used: Sinclair, Foster.
Barnsley: Colgan, Hassell, Reid, Togwell, Hayes, McIndoe, Howard, Kay, Williams, Richards (Wright 71), Devaney.
Subs not used: Mannone, Heckingbottom, Healy, Wroe.
Last 6 Barnsley v Burnley Results:
26/12/06 Barnsley 1-0 Burnley (Championship)
12/9/06 Burnley 4-2 Barnsley (Championship)
20/9/05 Burnley 3-0 Barnsley (League Cup)
9/2/02 Barnsley 1-1 Burnley (Division One)
20/10/01 Burnley 3-3 Barnsley (Division One)
20/01/01 Burnley 2-1 Barnsley (Division One)
Barnsley Wins: 14
Burnley Wins: 26
Barnsley Goals: 66
Bristol City Goals: 93
After an horrendous run last season where Burnley slipped from the playoffs to the verge of a relegation battle after a run of 19 games without a win, Burnley have made a positive start to trying to break into the top flight for the first time since the 1970s.
Burnley were 4th after beating Leeds 2-1 on the 28th November last year, but were 19th the next time they won and Steve Cotterill will be looking for a lot more consistency this term. They sit 12th after the first 10 games but a victory tomorrow would see them leap-frog 6th placed Barnsley and right into the promotion mix. The Clarets are still unbeaten at home but have only won the once. Their away record is mixed after winning 2 and drawing 2 of their 5 games on the road. And they haven't won home or way in 5 games.
Barnsley meanwhile are looking for a fourth home victory in five games. Since being thumped 4-1 at Oakwell on the opening day by Coventry The Reds have won 3 and drawn 1 at home and hammered previously unbeaten Bristol City 3-0 last time out thanks to goals from Brian Howard, Dennis Souza and Martin Devaney.
A win tomorrow could take The Reds up to 2nd depending on other results and how many goals are scored and conceded. Still I'm sure we'd all settle for a 1-0 Barnsley win!
Last 6 2007-2008 Results:
6/10/07 Charlton 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
2/10/07 Barnsley 3-0 Bristol City (Championship)
29/9/07 Barnsley 1-1 Cardiff (Championship)
22/9/07 Southampton 2-3 Barnsley (Championship)
18/9/07 Stoke City 0-0 Barnsley (Championship)
15/9/07 Barnsley 2-0 Scunthorpe (Championship)
W:3 D:3 L:0 F:10 A:4 GD:+6 Points:12
6/10/07 Cardiff 2-1 Burnley (Championship)
2/10/06 Burnley 2-2 Ipswich (Championship)
29/9/07 Burnley 1-1 Crystal Palace (Championship)
25/9/07 Burnley 0-1 Portsmouth (League Cup)
22/9/07 Bristol City 2-2 Burnley (Championship)
18/9/07 Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Burnley (Championship)
W:1 D:3 L:2 F:8 A:8 GD:0 Points:6
Barnsley lie 6th in the Coca Cola Championship with 16 points from 10 games.
Burnley lie 12th in the Coca-Cola Championship with 13 points from 9 games.