Barnsley U23s host Sheffield Wednesday in the Professional Development League on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakwell Training Ground.
The young Reds, unbeaten in their last eight outings, won the reverse fixture at Hillsborough 2-1 back in November thanks to stunning goals from Victor Adeboyejo and Louis Wardle - which won the Club's Goal of the Month award.
That result gave Martin Devaney’s side renewed confidence and sparked a run of form that has seen the youngsters pick up 22 points in 12 games – suffering just one defeat in that period.
Goals have started to flow for Barnsley, who put two past the Professional Development League south leaders Ipswich on Friday and looked on course for another three points but for a late revival from the Tractor Boys.
Barnsley could climb above Crewe Alexandra and level on points with fourth place Bolton Wanderers if the aforementioned teams lose against Bristol City and Queens Park Rangers, respectively, and, of course, Devaney’s side win.
However, defeat in the South Yorkshire derby would see Wednesday climb above the Reds – one point in front with a game in hand.
The Owls head into this fixture on the back of a resounding 5-1 victory over Crystal Palace last week. Alex Hunt had given Wednesday an early lead before Giovanni McGregor levelled for the Eagles six minutes later.
But four goals in 16 second half minutes from Neil Thompson’s side secured a valuable three points at Hillsborough, and the Owls will be full of confidence having previously suffered back-to-back defeats against Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic.
You can find out how the young Reds fare by attending the game at the Oakwell Training Ground for FREE, kick-off at 1pm. Alternatively, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.
All supporters attending this fixture are politely reminded to park in the main Oakwell car park and not on Grove Street.