Early Reds Team News
Reds boss Simon Davey has a bit of a selection headache for the trip to inform Ipswich Town tomorrow.
Midfielders Brian Howard and Jamal Campbell-Ryce are suspended after collecting their fifth bookings of the season in the win over Watford. Rob Kozluk is out with a thigh injury whilst goalkeeper Heinz Muller is also a slight doubt with a dead leg picked up at Sheffield Wednesday.
Rohan Ricketts, Sam Togwell, Marciano Van Homoet and Nick Colgan could all come into the squad.
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Head to Head
Barnsley head to Portman Road tomorrow hoping to make it unlucky 13 for Ipswich. The Tractor Boys have won 12 successive games at home which included a 5-1 thrashing of The Reds last season. To do this though Barnsley will have to end a little bit of Portman Road form of their own.
In the last two visit's The Reds have shipped 11 goals, five in the reverse last season and six in a 6-1 thumping back in 1999. At the end of that particular season the two sides met in the Division One Play-Off Final where Ipswich secured promotion to the Premiership with a 4-2 win.
Even at Oakwell The Reds have picked up just 1 success in the last 5 meetings. That arrived last season in Davey's first game in charge in November 2006. A 94th minute striker from Grant McCann, one of four debutants that day, secured the points.
The previous four meetings before that have all ended in defeat for Barnsley.
Ipswich 5-1 Barnsley 7/4/07
Barnsley 1-0 Ipswich 25/11/06
Last 6 Barnsley v Ipswich Results:
7/4/07 Ipswich 5-1 Barnsley (Championship)
25/11/06 Barnsley 1-0 Ipswich (Championship)
29/5/00 Ipswich 4-2 Barnsley (Division One Play-Off Final)
5/2/00 Barnsley 0-2 Ipswich (Division One)
30/8/99 Ipswich 6-1 Barnsley (Division One)
12/12/98 Ipswich 0-2 Barnsley (Division One)
Barnsley Wins: 10
Ipswich Wins: 16
Barnsley Goals: 40
Ipswich Goals: 50
Both sides have made better than expected starts this season under novice managers.
Ipswich legend Jim Magilton has led Town to 5th in the league after 18 games. But it's a run based solely on their incredible home form. They have won 8 out of 8 at Portman Road this season (carrying from winning their last 4 home games last season)
Southend United back on the 10th of March was the last time Ipswich tasted defeat or indeed dropped any points at home. In complete contrast they have yet to pick up an away success this campaign! With 4 draws and 5 defeats they are one of six teams in the Football League yet to register an away win. In fact they haven't won away since the 17th March when they triumphed 2-0 at Luton. A run of 12 games. Yes that is the same number as the winning run they are on at home!
Barnsley are also on a wretched run away from home. They have picked up a success though, at Southampton but have lost the last four away games without registering a goal. The home form is nearly as impressive as Ipswich's with six wins from the nine games played at Oakwell.
Last 6 2007-2008 Results:
27/11/07 Ipswich 2-0 Southampton (Championship)
24/11/07 Cardiff 1-0 Ipswich (Championship)
10/11/07 Ipswich 6-0 Bristol City (Championship)
6/11/07 Sheffield United 3-1 Ipswich (Championship)
4/11/07 Norwich 2-2 Ipswich (Championship)
27/10/07 Ipswich 3-0 Wolves (Championship)
W:3 D:1 L:2 F:15 A:6 GD:+9 Points: 10
27/11/07 Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
24/11/07 Barnsley 3-2 Watford (Championship)
10/11/07 Wolves 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
5/11/07 Barnsley 2-1 Blackpool (Championship)
3/11/07 Barnsley 1-0 Preston (Championship)
27/10/07 Leicester 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)
W:3 D:0 L:3 F:6 A:7 GD:-1 Points: 9
Ipswich lie 5th in the Coca-Cola Championship with 28 points from 17 games.
A win could lift them as high as 3rd.
Barnsley lie 10th in the Coca-Cola Championship with 26 points from 18 games.
A win could lift them as high as 5th.