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Big Preview: Barnsley

Posted: Fri 17 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Looking ahead to tomorrow's game

After nine winless matches, Oakwell will be the stage where Blackpool plan to turn their form around against lowly Barnsley.

Paul Ince’s men haven’t tasted success since November, but the South Yorkshiremen are out of form themselves, and are currently anchored to the bottom of The Championship.

Five points adrift, The Tykes are yet to win under new manager Danny Wilson, and have only been victorious twice on home turf all campaign.

Wilson has moved to strengthen his squad since the transfer window opened, bringing in the experienced Liam Lawrence, whilst Ryan McLaughlin and Brek Shea have joined on loan.

This is the first of two Blackpool fixtures which come against relegation-threatened sides, and will test the character of Ince’s squad.

Performances have improved in recent weeks, but the results haven’t followed, whilst Barnsley have enjoyed two weeks off following last weekend’s postponement.

Team News

Blackpool are boosted by the return of Kirk Broadfoot, who has served his four-game ban, whilst Isaiah Osbourne is also fit to play.

However, late fitness tests will be given to Gary MacKenzie and Ricardo Fuller.

Tom Barkhuizen is definitely out, after damaging his collarbone last weekend.

As for the hosts, they could hand debuts to Lawrence and McLaughlin, whilst Shea will be making his first home appearance.

Wilson will be without Bobby Hassell, Kelvin Etuhu and Marcus Pedersen, who are all injured.

Recent Form

Last time out Blackpool were beaten by Middlesbrough, as their poor form continued. Sheffield Wednesday were the last team to be beaten by Ince’s side, who will be hoping to recapture their early-season form.
Last six: LLLLDL

Barnsley’s form also makes grim reading for their supporters, they’re winless in seven and yet to taste victory under Wilson. Prior to last weekend’s postponement at Charlton, The Tykes had been knocked out of the FA Cup by Coventry, after two defeats and two draws over Christmas.
Last six: LDLLDD

Head-To-Head

When the pair met earlier in the season it took a last minute own goal by Scott Wiseman to secure Blackpool the victory at Bloomfield Road. At Oakwell last season Thomas Ince earned Blackpool a point in a 1-1 draw. 

Complete record: Blackpool wins: 29, Draws: 25, Barnsley wins: 41


Connections

Barnsley’s assistant manager Micky Mellon played for Blackpool.

Players that have played for both include Rob Edwards, Marlon Harewood, David Fox, Mike Flynn, Robbie Williams, Daniel Bogdanovic and Martin Bullock.

Tickets

Certain tickets can bought on the day at Oakwell, and they’re priced at £23 for adults and £16 for 65s and over, as well as under 18s. 

Under 12s and student tickets are now unavailable however.

Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 17/10 to win at Barnsley. The hosts are at 8/5 for the three points, whilst a draw is 9/4

Chris Basham can be backed at 22/1 to score first.

Fixtures

Leeds v Leicester (12:15)
Birmingham v Yeovil
Bournemouth v Watford
Burnley v Sheff Wed
Derby v Brighton
Doncaster v Wigan
Middlesbrough v Charlton
Millwall v Ipswich
Nottm Forest v Blackburn
QPR v Huddersfield
Reading v Bolton