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TRANMERE ROVERS PREVIEW

8 January 2021

It's a break from league action for Barnsley this weekend as our Emirates FA Cup journey begins for 20/21 with a home tie against Tranmere Rovers!

On Sunday afternoon in a 1.30pm kick-off, the Reds welcome Tranmere Rovers to Oakwell in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup. 

The Whites, led by former Reds boss Keith Hill will be looking to upset the odds this weekend when they make a first journey to Barnsley for some 15 years.

Reds' Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël will need to weigh up his options heading into this one, with fixtures continuing to come thick and fast, he might well opt to mix things up a little in terms of selection.

Interviews

ISMAËL PRE-TRANMERE

7 January 2021

But this is the greatest cup competition in the world and the Frenchman could go full strength in order to maximise his side's chances of progressing to the next round.

He will be without new signings Liam Kitching and Carlton Morris who are ineligible having already appeared in this competition with their previous clubs.

But defender Jordan Williams has finally returned to full training and will be looking to get some minutes into his legs after a lengthy layoff. 

There's a slot that needs filling in the centre of the park now that Matty James' loan spell has come to an end and all of Herbie Kane, Romal Palmer and Isaac Christie-Davies will be hoping to be given an opportunity.

Interviews

CHAPLIN PRE-TRANMERE

7 January 2021

Ahead of Sunday's cup tie, the gaffer and forward Conor Chaplin spoke with the assembled media to help preview the clash and their pre-match interviews can be watched in full by clicking the linked videos below.

Rovers will arrive on Grove Street knowing that history is against them in terms of previous meetings in this particular fixture. In 26 matches at Oakwell, the side from the Wirrall are yet to come out on top. 

No stranger to Reds supporters, the Whites' gaffer, Keith Hill spent 18 months in charge at Oakwell, nearly 10 years ago now. 

He joined Tranmere in November of last year and it's been a mixed bag of results since his appointment at Prenton Park.

In three previous returns to the Oakwell dugout (as Rochdale manager), Hill has tasted defeat on each occasion so will be looking to put that right. He did however guide Rochdale to cup success against Barnsley here in August of 2010, a year prior to his arrival as Reds supremo.

Tranmere also have a couple of familiar faces in their squad, with midfielder Otis Kahn having made three substitute appearances for the Reds in the 2015/16 season and striker Stefan Payne who made a dozen appearances for Barnsley during the 2016/17 campaign without scoring.

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HOW TO WATCH

10 January 2021

Due to broadcast restrictions, there will be no iFollow Barnsley live stream for this fixture, but audio commentary is available as usual.

For more information on how/where you can watch Sunday's game, please follow THIS link.


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