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Preview: Barnsley v Wolves!

31 January 2017

Match Previews

Preview: Barnsley v Wolves!

31 January 2017

Barnsley will be targeting a fourth win in five home league games when they welcome Wolves to Oakwell this evening.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side have picked up victories against Norwich, Blackburn and Leeds in front of their home faithful in recent weeks, as well as a 2-2 draw against Birmingham on New Year’s Eve.

It represents a huge turnaround for the Club’s home fortunes, with the Reds going seven league games without an Oakwell win prior to their current run.

Visitors Wolves meanwhile will be looking to bounce back from their last league outing when they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Norwich.

The loss continued an inconsistent run of form for Paul Lambert’s side which has seen them win two, lose two and draw one in their last five Championship games.

That unpredictable league record has also been mirrored away from Molineux in recent times but despite that, prior to their FA Cup clash at Anfield on Saturday, Wolves had lost just one in four on the road in all competitions.

Previous Meetings

The Reds will be looking to extend their unbeaten home run against Wolves to six games.

There have been four Barnsley wins and one draw since the West Midlands-based side last tasted victory at Oakwell back in October 2000.

Wolves’ most recent trip to Barnsley came in February 2013 when Chris Dagnall and Jacob Mellis struck in a 2-1 win for the Tykes.

When the sides met earlier this season, four goals in the final 17 minutes earned the Reds a stunning 4-0 win at Molineux.

That was Barnsley’s 30th triumph in this fixture but despite winning the last two meetings, it is tonight’s visitors who lead the way with 32 victories in the 80 games played between the two Clubs.

Team News

Paul Heckingbottom may be tempted to add fresh legs to his starting XI with this the Club’s second of three games in seven days.

George Moncur and Ryan Williams will be pushing for starts this evening.

Heckingbottom does continue to be without Saidy Janko and Sessi D’Almeida due to injury however, while Andy Yiadom remains on international duty with Ghana.

Visitors Wolves could hand a first league start to striker Andi Weimann after the former Aston Villa man joined the Club on loan from Derby County.

He could be joined in the starting line-up by goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, with regular first-choice stopper Carl Ikeme sitting out the final game of his two-match ban.

Elsewhere Mike Williamson is a doubt due to a groin problem, while Romain Saiss is at the African Cup of Nations with Morocco.

Man in the Middle

Barnsley will be searching for their first win in the company of referee Chris Kavanagh this evening.

The Lancashire-based official has refereed four games involving the Club, with the Reds drawing one and losing three; the most recent of which came in August when they went down 2-1 at Huddersfield.

For tonight’s visitors Wolves it has been a completely different story, with the West Midlands-based outfit winning all three of their previous meetings with Kavanagh.

Those victories have come against Charlton, Huddersfield and most recently Brighton in January last year.

So far this season Kavanagh has taken charge of 24 games, brandishing 82 yellow cards but just the one red. 

Their Star Man

In late July Helder Costa became Wolves’ first signing since Chinese investors Fosun International completed their takeover of the Club.

Joining on loan from Benfica, the Portuguese winger netted three times in 25 appearances during a loan spell at Monaco last season has now turned his loan into a permanent transfer.

Despite boasting plenty of pedigree the recently turned 23-year-old made a slow start to life at Molineux but things soon improved including a first goal in Wolves colours against Cambridge in the EFL Cup.

Since then, Costa’s performances have gone from strength-to-strength with his skill, ability and vision making him a real fans’ favourite at Molineux.

That talent has seen the Portugal youth international climb to the top of both the scoring and assist charts for tonight’s visitors; bagging nine and assisting five so far.

All but two of those goals have come during positive results for Paul Lambert’s side including an equaliser against local rivals Aston Villa in October, as well as a winner at QPR last month.

Mutual Man

Kyel Reid may only be 29 but he has already played for 10 Clubs in a career which started out at West Ham United.

It was from the Hammers which Reid joined Barnsley on loan in November 2006 on an initial one-month deal, which was later extended until the end of the campaign.

The pacey winger made his Reds debut in a 1-0 home win against Ipswich and despite scoring on his second appearance against Southend with a deceiving free-kick, Reid was later sent off after picking up two bookings.

The West Ham loanee returned to the starting XI following that ban and went onto feature 26 times for the Reds over the campaign; scoring once more, which came in the return fixture against Southend at Roots Hall.

That successful spell earned Reid four appearances for the Hammers in the first half of the 2007-08 season but despite that, he was sent out on loan again to Crystal Palace and then Blackpool, before joining tonight’s visitors Wolves on a temporary basis in January 2009.

The former Tyke made nine appearances for the West Midlands-based Club; scoring his only goal for them in his final game.

It wasn’t just any goal however, as Reid smashed in a low effort from close range, which not only came against the Reds at Oakwell but it also clinched the Championship title for Wolves.

Following that fourth loan move, the versatile wide man left West Ham permanently in July 2009 to join Sheffield United, where he spent just one season ahead of spells with Charlton, Bradford and Preston before penning a deal with struggling Coventry in July.

Form Guide

Barnsley’s last five at home: (WWDLW)

Barnsley 2-1 Norwich City (10/12/2016)

Barnsley 2-0 Blackburn Rovers (26/12/2016)

Barnsley 2-2 Birmingham City (31/12/2016)

Barnsley 1-2 Blackpool (FA Cup) (17/01/2017)

Barnsley 3-2 Leeds (21/01/2017)

Wolves’ last five on the road before playing Liverpool on Saturday: (LWDWL)

Cardiff City 2-1 Wolves (13/12/2016)

Nottingham Forest 0-2 Wolves (17/12/2016)

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Wolves (2/1/2017)

Stoke City 0-2 Wolves (FA Cup) (7/1/2017)

Norwich City 3-1 Wolves (21/1/2017)

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