Nathan Doyle could come back into the squad after his free transfer move from Hull and he could replace Hugo Colace who will undergo a fitness test, as does defender Bobby Hassell. Apart from those two, manager Mark Robins has a fully fit squad to choose from for this South Yorkshire derby. Captain Stephen Foster will be making his 100th league appearance for The Reds.
Anderson De Silva
Hugo Colace/ Nathan Doyle
Head To Head
Barnsley are on their best run against rivals Sheffield Wednesday since the 1930s and 1940s, and haven’t lost to the men from down the A61 in the last four meetings. That statistic was of course helped by Jamal Campbell-Ryce ending 25 years of Hillsborough misery last February by ending a run of 11 straight defeats at the ground with a 1-0 win. That followed a 2-1 win at Oakwell in October 2008 courtesy of Iain Hume and a Campbell-Ryce penalty. It gave Barnsley their first double over Wednesday in 63 years!
Like buses, you wait ages for a positive result at Hillsborough and then two come along once as The Reds escaped with a point on the opening day of this season. A woeful first half saw Wednesday surge into a 2-0 lead but Jacob Butterfield’s first senior goal and a cool finish from Jon Macken saw The Reds turn it around- that would be the only points they would pick up under Simon Davey and Reds fans had to wait until the 3-2 win at Derby in September for the next ones.
Whilst Hillsborough may not be the most favourite ground for Reds fan to visit, they do fare better at Oakwell against their South Yorkshire nemesis. Wednesday have won just one of their last nine trips to S71, but have managed to claim four draws in those winless games. Indeed last season’s 2-1 success was Barnsley’s first home success over the Owls since 2000. On another note Sheffield Wednesday need just two more goals to have scored 100 against The Reds.
Last six Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday results:
8/8/09 Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Barnsley (Championship)
17/2/09 Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Barnsley (Championship)
21/10/08 Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
1/3/08 Barnsley 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
27/11/07 Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
30/12/06 Barnsley 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
14/10/06 Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Barnsley (Championship)
Barnsley Wins: 21
Sheffield Wednesday Wins: 30
Barnsley Goals: 80
Sheffield Wednesday Goals: 98
Barnsley Wins: 14
Sheffield Wednesday Wins: 8
Barnsley Goals: 46
Sheffield Wednesday Goals: 34
Sheffield Wednesday have endured a dreadful season which had promised so much. Talk pre-season was of a push for the play-offs and a return to the Premier League where they have been exiled from now for 10 years. But six months down the line the Owls find themselves second from bottom of the Championship with a new manager set for his first game in charge tomorrow. Wednesday have won just four of their 23 matches this season and are without a victory in 11 games in all competitions. This woeful run saw Brian Laws three year reign come to an end. He has been replaced by ex Preston manager Alan Irvine who takes charge for the first time at Oakwell tomorrow afternoon. The Owls have won just once on the road- a 3-1 success at Plymouth back in August. That game also accounted for nearly half of the total of goals Wednesday have notched on the road. They have hit just eight away from Hillsborough.
After finishing 2009 unbeaten in eight matches, Barnsley have started 2010 with back to back defeats to Scunthorpe and Coventry. A third successive defeat would equal their worst run under Mark Robins- and it was after such a run that they embarked on their eight match unbeaten streak. Robins is also undefeated in South Yorkshire derbies having overseen a 1-0 win at Doncaster and a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.
Overall playing record for 16th January:
Barnsley have won six of the 18 matches they have played on the 16th January , but none of the last three. Their most recent game on this date was back in 2007 when they lost 2-0 at hometo Southend in the FA Cup. They did however embark on a five match winning streak on this particular date- winning successively in 1967, 1971, 1981, 1988 and 1993. But they have also suffered five successive 16th January defeats.
Barnsley : Played 18, Won 6, Drawn 2, Lost 10, Scored 21, Conceded 32.
Sheffield Wednesday have an excellent record on the 16th January having won 11 of their 17 matches played on this date, including five of the last seven. They did lose their most recent game- at Manchester City in the FA Cup in 2007, but prior to that won three on the trot- 3-2 v West Brom in 1986, 3-0 v Chelsea in 1988, 2-0 v Tottenham in 1993 and 4-0 v West Ham in 1999.
Sheffield Wednesday: Played 17, Won 11, Drawn 2, Lost 4, Scored 41, Conceded 19.
Last six 2009-2010 Results
9/1/10 Coventry 3-1 Barnsley (Championship)
2/1/10 Scunthorpe 1-0 Barnsley (FA Cup)
28/12/09 Barnsley 2-1 Middlesbrough (Championship)
19/12/09 Crystal Palace 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
12/12/09 Barnsley 2-2 Newcastle (Championship)
9/12/09 Barnsley 1-1 Scunthorpe (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 7 A: 9 GD: -2 Points: 6
2/1/10 Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Crystal Palace (FA Cup)
26/12/09 Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Newcastle (Championship)
19/12/09 Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Swansea (Championship)
12/12/09 Leicester 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
8/12/09 Doncaster 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
5/12/09 Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading (Championship)
W:0 D:1 L:5 F:3 A:12 GD:-9 Points: 1
Barnsley lie in 16th place in the Coca-Cola Championship with 30 points from 23 games.
Sheffield Wednesday lie in 23rd place in the Coca-Cola Championship with 19 points from 23 games.
Barnsley could go as high as 11th with victory whilst Sheffield Wednesday could go as high as 22nd.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010