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Preview | Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley

13 December 2016

Read all about the Reds trip to Hillsborough in the South Yorkshire derby!

Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley

Barnsley will be targeting a third straight league win when they travel the short distance to face South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

The Tykes followed up their 3-0 triumph at Birmingham with a 2-1 home success against Norwich on Saturday which moved Paul Heckingbottom’s men into 11th place and just four points outside the top six.

That victory was also Barnsley’s first win at Oakwell since August and unbeaten in their last three on the road, the Reds will arrive at Hillsborough full of confidence.

Sheffield Wednesday go into the game having dropped out of the play-off places following a 2-1 defeat at Reading on Saturday.

The loss was a first in four games for Carlos Carvalhal’s side following a draw at Fulham and back-to-back wins against Wolves and Preston.

The Owls have fared slightly better at home this season; winning six and losing just three but their form at Hillsborough has been quite inconsistent of late with two wins and two defeats from their last four.

Previous Meetings

The Reds will be looking to end a run of six games without a win in this fixture on Tuesday night.

Since Barnsley’s 1-0 success at Hillsborough all the way back in February 2009, there have been two draws and four Sheffield Wednesday victories.

The most recent of those triumphs came in February 2014 when Chris Maguire’s 90th minute goal was enough to earn 10-man Wednesday a narrow 1-0 win against nine-man Barnsley.

In total, the Owls have won 34 times in this fixture, with Barnsley winning 21 and the other 13 meetings ending as draws.

Team News

Despite winning back-to-back games Paul Heckingbottom may opt to freshen up his side ahead of the busy Christmas schedule.

Adam Hammill, Saidy Janko and Stefan Payne are all chomping at the bit for a start but Tom Bradshaw will be hoping he’s done enough to hang onto his place in the Reds starting XI after notching his first goal since September on Saturday.

One man who will not be involved however is Marley Watkins, with the forward sitting out the final game of his three-match ban.

Sheffield Wednesday will be without attackers Gary Hooper (hamstring) and Fernando Forestieri (suspension) once again for the visit of Barnsley.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal could be tempted to hand Steven Fletcher a start after two goals in his last two games which could see Atdhe Nuhiu drop to the bench.

Elsewhere, Will Buckley will be hoping to recover from a shoulder problem which saw him miss the weekend defeat at Reading, while Ross Wallace and Glen Loovens are now both fully fit again and are likely to start against the Reds.

Man in the Middle

Barnsley will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in the company of referee Peter Bankes on Tuesday evening.

So far the Merseyside-based official has overseen three Tykes’ wins and one draw, with the latter coming last month as he ran the rule over Barnsley’s stalemate at Burton Albion.

Hosts Sheffield Wednesday are also yet to taste defeat when Bankes has been in charge; drawing all three of their previous meetings.

Despite that however, Tuesday night’s referee has shown red cards to two Wednesday players in that time; with Ross Wallace receiving his marching orders against the MK Dons last season, while it was David Jones who was sent for an early bath in August as the Owls drew 1-1 at Brentford, who also had a man sent off.

That red card for Jones is one of seven which Bankes has issued so far this term, as well as 73 yellows in 17 games.

Their Star Man

With both Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri ruled out due to injury and suspension respectively, the responsibility for goals has landed on the shoulders of Scotland international Steven Fletcher.

The 29-year-old joined Wednesday on a free transfer in July after leaving Sunderland and despite failing to score in his first five games, things soon started to improve in September.

Following a goal for his country in Malta, Fletcher returned to Yorkshire to bag Wednesday’s first in their 2-1 home win against Wigan.

The former Burnley man – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Marseille – was at it again three days later; heading in Forestieri’s corner to begin a sensational comeback which saw the Owls turn around a 2-0 deficit to secure a 3-2 win against Bristol City.

Two weeks later and the Scottish forward – who has two assists this term - made it three goals in five games, as his first-half deflected effort earned the Owls a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Blackburn.

Since then however, the Hibs youth product has suffered a few niggling injuries but following six games without a goal, he has returned to form in recent weeks; netting two in his last two outings including one against Reading on Saturday.

That appearance was Fletcher’s seventh from the bench so far this term but with both Hooper and Forestieri out and the Scotsman rediscovering his shooting boots, he is set to be a key figure for the Owls over the busy festive period.

Mutual Man

Energetic winger Keith Treacy stepped out for seven English Clubs before returning to his native Ireland in 2015 and both Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday count amongst his previous employers.

The Dublin-born wide man joined the Owls in March 2012 on a short-term loan deal from Burnley, as he targeted an improvement to both his form and fitness.

Despite starting just two of his seven games at Hillsborough, the Irishman had an extremely positive impact on the Wednesday squad; helping them win seven out of seven during his stay including 2-0 victories against former Club Preston and local rivals Huddersfield.

Treacy also scored on his first start for the Owls in a 2-1 triumph at Brentford and he was included in the starting XI for the second game on the bounce a week later, where a 2-0 triumph against Wycombe secured promotion back to the Championship.

Following on from that loan spell and Treacy spent two more campaigns at Turf Moor with Burnley before joining Barnsley on a two-year contract in August 2014.

It wasn’t the best of starts for the 28-year-old at Oakwell, with defeats in his first two games but although things started to improve in terms of results, an injury picked up in his sixth outing against Yeovil saw the Irish attacker miss almost three weeks of action.

He immediately returned to the Barnsley starting XI after that injury but the ex-Blackburn man found himself in and out of the Tykes side over the next few months and despite scoring his first and only goal for the Reds at Chesterfield, Treacy left Oakwell by mutual consent in January 2015; making 16 appearances in total.

Following his time in South Yorkshire, the Republic of Ireland international returned home to join Drogheda United, but after a short spell there he penned a move to St Patrick’s Athletic in January.

Form Guide

Barnsley's last five away from home: (LLWDW)

Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Barnsley

Leeds United 2-1 Barnsley

Brentford 0-2 Barnsley

Burton Albion 0-0 Barnsley

Birmingham City 0-3 Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday’s last five at home: (WLWLW)

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Brighton

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 QPR

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich Town

Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Preston North End

Going to the match?

Sheffield Wednesday plays at Hillsborough, its address is as follows:

Hillsborough Stadium

Sheffield

S6 1SW

How to get there

By Car:

Hillsborough is situated three miles north of the city centre, but visitors are advised to avoid this route and approach the ground from the north instead. Parking is possible in the area just north of Hillsborough. 

From The North/South/East - Exit the M1 at junction 36 and follow the A61 towards Sheffield. Continue along the road for approximately four miles until the second roundabout. Take the third exit (Leppings Lane) - the ground is situated on the left-hand side.

From the West - Take the A57 for Sheffield. As you approach the city the road splits in two - take the left fork onto the Rivelin Valley Road (A6101). Continue for approximately 3.75 miles, turn left (onto one way system) and follow the road round to the right onto Holme Lane. This road then becomes Bradfield Road. At the junction with the A61 Penistone Road, turn left towards Barnsley. Hillsborough Stadium is on the left-hand side after Hillsborough Park. 

By Train:

Sheffield Railway Station is situated in the town centre, 3 miles from the ground. 

By Supertram:

Take the South Yorkshire Supertram (signposted from the Railway Station) towards Middlewood Road (yellow route). Exit at the Leppings Lane stop, which is a short walk from the ground.

By Bus:

From the Railway Station, Flat Street Bus Terminus is a one-minute walk - cross over at the pedestrian crossing, and follow the signs. Bus numbers 53, 77 and 80 all run from Flat Street to Hillsborough.

From Angel Street, buses 74 and 74a run to Hillsborough.

From Snig Hill, buses 85 and 86 run to Leppings Lane.

From the Sheffield Transport Interchange, bus 57 runs past the ground towards Stocksbridge.

On matchdays, bus frequency should be roughly every 15 minutes.

Ticket Information

Adult: £36.00

Senior Over 65: £26.00

Young Adult Under 21: £26.00

Juvenile Under 17: £15.00

Juvenile Under 11: £10.00

Juvenile Under 5: £5.00

Tickets will remain on sale from the Box Office/Reds Superstore until 12 noon on Tuesday 13th December, subject to availability!

You can get your FIVE game FLEXI-TICKET to watch the Reds when you want to! 

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