Npower Championship Matchday Thirty: Burnley v Barnsley

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Scott Golbourne could make his first start for the club after scoring on his debut against Watford in The Reds last match. Fellow new recruit Stephen Dawson is still around a week away from his first appearance due to an ankle injury. Goalkeeper Luke Steele is set for his 150th Barnsley appearance. The 27 year old who made his debut in that memorable FA Cup win at Liverpool exactly four years ago has kept 30 clean sheets in his 149 appearances for The Reds, but none in his last 13.

Likely Line-Up:

Luke Steele

Scott Wiseman

Stephen Foster

Rob Edwards

Jim McNulty

Korey Smith

David Perkins

Michael Tonge

Matty Done

Craig Davies

Andy Gray  

Head To Head

Last Six Burnley v Barnsley Results:

18/10/11 Barnsley 2-0 Burnley (Championship)

26/12/10 Barnsley 1-2 Burnley (Championship)

19/10/11 Burnley 3-0 Barnsley (Championship)

22/9/09 Barnsley 3-2 Burnley (League Cup)

26/12/08 Burnley 1-2 Barnsley (Championship)

24/11/08 Barnsley 3-2 Burnley (Championship)

Overall Record:

Burnley Wins: 29

Barnsley Wins: 8

Draws: 15

Burnley Goals: 106

Barnsley Goals: 79

At Turf Moor:

Burnley Wins: 20

Barnsley Wins: 5

Draws: 6

Burnley Goals: 71

Barnsley Goals: 31

This Season

Last six 2011-2012 results:


4/2/12 Watford 2-1 Barnsley (Championship)

31/1/12 Barnsley 3–2 Derby (Championship)

21/1/12 Barnsley 1–3 Millwall (Championship)

14/1/12 Leicester 1–2 Barnsley (Championship)

7/1/12 Barnsley 2–4 Swansea (FA Cup)

2/1/12 Doncaster 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)

W: 2 D: 0 L: 4 F: 9 A: 14 GD: -5 Points: 6


11/2/12 Southampton 2–0 Burnley (Championship)

4/2/12 Burnley 1-1 Peterborough (Championship)

31/1/12 Nottingham Forest 0-2 Burnley (Championship)

21/1/12 Burnley 0-0 Derby (Championship)

14/1/12 Middlesbrough 0-2 Burnley (Championship)

7/1/12 Norwich 4-1 Burnley (FA Cup)

W: 2 D: 2 L: 2 F: 6 A: 7 GD: -1 Points: 8

Interesting Stats

Barnsley’s game at the weekend was postponed which means The Reds have had a nine day break since their last match whereas Burnley lost 2-0 at Southampton on Saturday which means they have had just two days.

Burnley’s reverse at Southampton at the weekend was their first defeat in five matches.

The last six goals that the Clarets have scored have been from ex Barnsley loanees- Jay Rodriguez has hit five and Kieran Tripper one.

Eddie Howe’s side have shown a mean defence in recent games and have kept six clean sheets in their last 10 matches. Contrast this with Barnsley who have conceded in each of their last 13 games- the longest the club have gone without a shut out since they conceded in 25 games in a row in the 2002-2003 season.

Burnley are unbeaten at home in 2012, winning two and drawing two but…..

………….Barnsley are the model of inconsistency in recent weeks, with their last five results reading L W L W L and they have not achieved back-to-back victories since the four match-winning streak in late 2011.  On the other hand they have not suffered back-to-back league defeats since the three they suffered straight after those four victories.

Barnsley have an awful record at Turf Moor and have won just five of their 20 visits and only one of their last seven.

Burnley have scored 71 goals in their 31 home meetings with Barnsley- a ratio of over two a game and if they score tomorrow it will be their 100th league goal against Barnsley home and away.

Tomorrow’s game will be Barnsley’s 4,400th league fixture, of which they have won 1,576, drawn 1,132 and lost 1,691.

Tomorrow is Valentines day- a day of love and romance but The Reds have a poor record on this date, winning just two of 14 games, the last of which was 1-0 against Darlington in 1976. They have only won once away from home on Valentines Day- their first match on this date, 2-1 at Leicester Fosse in 1903. Their last game on this day was back in 2006 when they drew 1-1 at home to Port Vale- Paul Hayes scoring for The Reds.

Burnley have only a slightly better record winning five of 17 played, which includes their last one, 1-0 against Wolves in 2009. That was though their first Valentines success since 1984- a run of four straight defeats.

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Bristol City v Crystal Palace

Cardiff v Peterborough

Coventry v Leeds

Derby v Reading

Doncaster v Blackpool

Middlesbrough v Nottingham Forest

Portsmouth v Ipswich

Watford v Leicester

West Ham v Southampton