Barnsley vs Burnley
Tuesday 8th April 2014
Tonight will see second top face third bottom as Burnley visit Oakwell this week. After the goalless draw on Saturday, Danny Wilson’s Barnsley side are gaining momentum just at the right time.
As Leicester have already been confirmed as promoted, Burnley are looking to be second past the post as they sit 10 points above QPR in third.
Given both club’s current situations, three points for either team could mean a completely different outcome.
Despite Burnley’s place in the table, the Reds definitely won’t be fazed by their opponents as the only thing on the mind of Barnsley’s players will be survival.
This will be the 67th time that this fixture has been played in the Football League.
Barnsley wins over Burnley- 19
Burnley wins over Barnsley- 30
Earlier this season, Barnsley went down 1-0 when they visited Turf Moor in December. The win for Burnley that day took them to the top of the Championship courtesy of a goal from Michael Kightly.
Since that fixture, Burnley seemingly haven’t dropped from the automatic places all season and now they sit second ahead of Tuesday night’s game.
The last time that Barnsley beat Burnley was last season, although it did come in the FA Cup. Danny Rose having only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes netted his first senior goal for the Reds and along with it took Barnsley to the next round of the cup.
Players to watch
Barnsley’s on loan defender Ryan McLaughlin was agonisingly close to snatching all three points for the Reds on Saturday.
Having joined on loan from Liverpool in January, McLaughlin has been getting his first taste of first team football whilst at Barnsley.
Most would agree to say that so far the youngster has been a success at the club having played a big part in what could turn out to be another ever so important season in the history of the Tykes.
Scott Arfield is Burnley’s third top scorer so far this season although his total of eight falls some way short of the 20+ goals that Sam Vokes and Danny Ings have ahead of him.
The Scotsman joined Burnley in 2013 after being released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the 12/13 campaign.
After a successful trial, Arfield was taken on by Burnley and considering how things have gone since then, he probably hasn’t looked back.
There are no new injuries for Barnsley to worry about ahead of Tuesday’s game as Kelvin Etuhu is the only new absentee through suspension.
The Reds look to be without Marcus Pedersen for a bit longer as he has sustained a reoccurrence of the injury already keeping him out of the side.
Barnsley defender Martin Cranie has been training with the side again this week as he looks set to soon make his comeback after a period on the side lines.
Burnley’s top goal scorer Danny Ings could be in contention for the away side after he has recovered from an ankle injury.
After suspension Dean Marney looks likely to be in the squad and defender Kieran Trippier could feature.
D- (H) Brighton 0-0
W- (A) Yeovil 4-1
W - (A) Reading 3-1
L- (H) Bournemouth 1-0
L-(A) Watford 3-0
D- (A) Watford 1-1
L- (H) Leicester 2-0
W- (H) 2-0 Doncaster
W- (A) Charlton 3-0
W- (H) Leeds 2-1
Barnsley win: 11/5
Burnley win: 5/4
1st goal scorer:
Reuben Noble-Lazarus: 11/1
Ashley Barnes: 11/2
Referee- Neil Swarbrick
Assistant Referees- Richard West & Michael McDonough
Fourth Official- Darren Bond