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PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Wycombe

The lowdown ahead of the big match

15 February 2019

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Barnsley Vs Wycombe

The lowdown ahead of the big match

15 February 2019

The Reds return to Oakwell this weekend in Sky Bet League One, welcoming Wycombe Wanderers for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 16th February and we've got it all covered with our big match preview.

Following last weekend's thumping victory over Gillingham, a result that saw Daniel Stendel's side increase the gap on the clubs below them, it's back to Oakwell for the visit of Wycombe. 

That 4-1 success in Kent was marred slightly by the injury that Kieffer Moore suffered late in the second half. 

After opening the scoring at the Priestfield Stadium after just 16 seconds, Moore later fell awkardly when challenging for an aerial ball with just 10 minutes of the match remaining. The big striker suffered a head injury that now sees him set to miss the next two fixtures. 


His strike partner, Cauley Woodrow grabbed a brace against the Gills, taking him to 11 goals for the season.

With Moore set for a layoff, it will be interesting to see how the Reds' Head Coach shapes his XI this weekend when the Chairboys come to South Yorkshire.

Led by former Wimbledon winger Gareth Ainsworth, it's been a great season so far for Wycombe Wanderers.

Promoted automatically from Sky Bet League Two last season, Wycombe have performed above all expectations a division higher this time around. 


Currently sitting 10th going into this weekend, they're 10 points off the playoff places but for a first season back at third tier level, Ainsworth, his players and Blues supporters will be more than satisfied with their adjustment to the higher level.

The Chairboys' manager told their official website in midweek that whilst they have respect for the Reds, they don't fear them.

“They’re definitely a team that we have major respect for,” Ainsworth told the press on Thursday morning. “It’s a big ground and a club with a good recent history, which is trying to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt and they’re making a good job of it so far.

“But we know we can score against them and hopefully we can turn up like we did in the home game and give a good account of ourselves. We want to get points on the board as quickly as we can, and we go there looking for the win.”

Amongst the ranks at Adams Park is former Reds defender Jason McCarthy. A popular figure in his brief spell at Oakwell, the former Southampton man will be looking to keep Mamadou Thiam quiet on his first return to his former stomping ground. 


Up front for Wycombe is the experienced striker Adebayo Akinfenwa. Now 36-years-old, he's this season gone beyond 200 goals in his 15-year career. The former Swansea City forward has six to his name this season and remains a real handful when called upon.

Reds Assistant Coach Dale Tonge met with the press in midweek, as did skipper, Adam Davies as they both previewed this Saturday's fixture. You can watch both of their pre-match videos over on iFollow Barnsley.

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The Reds' unbeaten run now stretches to 11 games. The last defeat? Way back on December 8th 2018. Against Wycombe Wanderers. 

That 1-0 reverse at Adams Park was quite possibly the most disappointing performance of the season so far for Stendel's side and Barnsley will no doubt be looking to exact revenge and make it a dozen games without loss.

Wycombe away

Saturday sees just the sixth clash between the two clubs. There have so far been a win apiece and three draws. 

It's only 17 years since the first ever meeting. October of 2002 saw a 1-1 draw at Oakwell, as Keith Ryan's strike on the stroke of half time cancelled out a Reds opener by Rory Fallon.

Can't make it to Oakwell? You can get LIVE coverage by heading over to the Match Centre on iFollow Barnsley before kick-off. 

We'll have live match streaming for overseas customers and audio commentary for our UK subscribers.


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