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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY PREVIEW

19 March 2021

Back on home soil this weekend for Barnsley as local rivals Sheffield Wednesday head to Oakwell in a South Yorkshire Derby.

It's the final game of a manic March for the high-flying Reds, and one of the calendar's most notable fixtures as local bragging rights are up for grabs and a whole lot more in another pivotal Sky Bet Championship clash.

The Reds meet Sheffield Wednesday in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 20 March in a game that will massively shape both sides' futures. 

Barnsley come into the local derby in what is arguably their best ever form at this level. They've won nine of their last 10 league games, are unbeaten in 12 and five points clear of the chasing pack regarding the playoff race. 

Victory at Adams Park on Wednesday night was their fifth away win on the spin, a club record at the level and achieved whilst reduced - harshly - to 10 men for the last 20 minutes against Wycombe Wanderers when captain, Alex Mowatt saw red in the 3-1 road-victory.

A Daryl Dike brace followed up a first-half Cauley Woodrow penalty kick to move the Reds onto 64 points, their highest total at this level since the year 2000. 

Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël confirmed after the game in midweek that the club would be appealing against the Mowatt dismissal, and earlier on Friday afternoon it was confirmed that the appeal had been successful.

Wednesday picked up a point in their midweek clash with another Yorkshire side in Huddersfield Town. A late Callum Paterson own goal cancelled out Josh Windass' first half strike in a 1-1 draw with the Terriers at Hillsborough.

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ISMAËL PRE-SWFC

19 March 2021

The Owls are currently second bottom and nine points adrift of safety with 10 games to play. They have won only three games away from home all season and only Wycombe have scored less than their 26 goals this term. 

In the hot seat at Hillsborough for now is former Reds defender Darren Moore who was appointed earlier this month, leaving League One playoff hopefuls Doncaster Rovers. He is yet to see an Owls win since taking the reins in S6. 

In the reverse fixture back in December of last year, Barnsley ran out 2-1 winners, coming from a goal down with Woodrow and Dominik Frieser amongst the goals in the Reds' first success at Hillsborough since 2009; Barnsley did the double over Wednesday that season. 

The last four Oakwell meetings with Wednesday have ended in 1-1 draws. Last season, Windass gave Wednesday the lead before Woodrow fired back from range. 

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WATCH THE REDS SATURDAY

19 March 2021

We will be bringing you live coverage of the South Yorkshire Derby on iFollow Barnsley, with Matt Bailey on commentary duty, joined by ex-Red Jon Parkin on summary. 


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