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Preview: Blues v Barnsley

The key info ahead of Tykes test!

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BLUES PLAY THEIR SECOND HOME GAME IN FOUR DAYS AS THEY WELCOME BARNSLEY TO THE ST. ANDREW'S TRILLION TROPHY STADIUM.

The visit of the Tykes marks the beginning of a busy December for Blues, whilst for Barnsley, it is their first trip to B9 since August 2019. 

And Aitor Karanka’s side will be hoping that there is a repeat of that result, which saw Blues overcome the South Yorkshire club 2-0. 

The victory saw goals from Alvaro Gimenez and Lukas Jutkiewicz, the latter, who in Blues’ last midweek fixture at Luton Town, notched his 100th league goal. 

Tuesday’s clash comes on the back of a third successive draw for Blues following the international break, having picked up points against Coventry City, Luton Town and most recently Millwall.

However, victory under the lights would not only propel Blues up the table but tee them up for a consecutive double over Barnsley after six points were taken from the visitors during the 2019-20 season. 

THE OPPOSITION:

Having pulled off a miraculous survival effort last term, Barnsley will be hoping to secure their Sky Bet Championship status ahead of schedule and have started the season in similar form to Blues.

Therefore, it is unsurprising that they sit only one place above Blues in 16th position, virtue only of their marginally superior goal difference. This has been aided by top-scorer Cauley Woodrow, with the frontman also completing two assists. 

And, whilst Blues are building an unbeaten streak, Barnsley will be keen to end a run of two defeats which has stalled their progress under new manager Valérien Ismaël. 

Recent results have seen them suffer losses at the hands of top-half opposition in the shape of Brentford and Blackburn Rovers. 

The Frenchman’s arrival had sparked an upturn in the club’s fortunes, with previously winless Barnsley recording four victories in his opening seven matches. 

Lask’s former boss replaced Gerhard Struber who had swapped Oakwell for the head coach position at MLS side New York Red Bulls. 

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues were held to a goalless draw against Millwall on Saturday in a tight affair, meaning it’s been back-to-back stalemates on home turf for Blues. It was, however, not for the want of trying with defender Marc Roberts coming closest when his header was met by a diving opposition goalkeeper. Although, Blues were again thankful for Neil Etheridge and his acrobatics in protecting the clean sheet. 

Elsewhere, despite a spirited performance, Barnsley were unable to take anything from Ewood Park after leaving themselves too much to do. Goals from Sam Gallagher and Adam Armstrong ultimately settled matters, with Romal Palmer's 90th-minute volley proving no more than a consolation on the day. 

WE MEET AGAIN: 

Barnsley 0 Blues 1, 11 February 2020

Blues jumped to 14th place and sat just seven points off the play-off places after victory at Oakwell earlier this year. The defeat left Barnsley firmly planted in the relegation zone.

Three points were delivered thanks to Scott Hogan’s second-half effort, which was his third goal in as many games as he started his loan spell from Aston Villa.

The game’s decisive moment was laid on by Jude Bellingham, and the pair had been threatening to strike from the off when Hogan headed the teenager’s corner over early on. 

At the other end, Lee Camp was in fine form to deny the hosts in the first half, before Blues came to the ascendency after the break with Hogan netting the winner 14 minutes from time.  

BLUES TEAM NEWS:

Adam Clayton (ankle) and Zach Jeacock (ankle) remain unavailable. Clean bill of health, elsewhere. The Club are still waiting to receive international clearance for Alen Halilović.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Blues wins: 39
Draws: 20
Barnsley wins: 24

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

Championship 11 Feb 2020 – Barnsley 0 Blues 1 
Championship 20 Aug 2019 – Blues 2 Barnsley 0
Championship 24 Feb 2018 – Blues 0 Barnsley 2
Championship 04 Nov 2017 – Barnsley 0 Blues 2
Championship 31 Dec 2016 – Barnsley 2 Blues 2 

BLUESTV:

Supporters can watch this game live on BluesTV for only £10.

 

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