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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Charlton Athletic

28 December 2018

It's straight back down to business as the Reds host Charlton in Sky Bet League One and we've got it covered with our big match preview!

Coming quickly off the back of two consecutive victories, Head Coach, Daniel Stendel will be looking for his side to make it three from three over the festive period when Charlton Athletic pitch up at Oakwell on Saturday.

Last weekend's 1-0 win at Blackpool was followed up nicely with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Peterborough on Boxing Day, as the Reds solidified their promotion credentials.

Boxing Day

It's not just the six points gained that has pleased Stendel, but tightening things up at the back was something he'd called for recently, so two clean sheets are the perfect tonic going into the final fixture of 2018.

Having missed out on Wednesday through illness, Reds striker Kieffer Moore is expected to return on Saturday. With Kenny Dougall fit and playing again, the Head Coach has near-enough a fully fit squad to choose from. 

Saturday's opponents from The Valley suffered their first defeat in four games on Boxing Day, losing very late on against Coventry City.

Whilst in formidable form on their own patch, losing just twice on home soil, Charlton have lost five times on the road, although they did recently turn over league leaders, Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Lyle Taylor

The Addicks are missing Jake Forster-Caskey, Lewis Page, Josh Cullen, Igor Vetokele, Joe Aribo and George Lapslie – who suffered a concussion at the Ricoh Arena. Naby Sarr is suspended.

In the opposition dugout this weekend is Lee Bowyer. The former Leeds United and England midfielder took the job on a caretaker basis last term and led the club to the playoffs before losing out to Shrewsbury over two legs.

The two sides met back in October with Charlton 2-0 victors, twice hitting the Reds on the break, their pace proving a real threat, and Barnsley unable to break them down despite lots of possession on the day. 

In terms of the last league meeting between the clubs at Oakwell, you have to go back to August of 2013 when the Reds were leading 2-0 thanks to a Chris O'Grady brace only to be pegged back in the second half as Charlton left with a point. 

Barnsley first met Charlton way back in 1929 and won 2-0 at Oakwell, and Saturday will see the 50th meeting between the two sides, with the visitors edging the fixture historically with 19 wins to the Reds' 16. 


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