Preview: Barnsley vs. Doncaster Rovers

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft looks on from the sidelines on October 5, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Barnsley's home match against Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.

This weekend's Championship match focuses on the bottom half of the table as Barnsley host Doncaster Rovers at Oakwell.

The home side, who currently linger in the relegation zone having taken 10 points, have struggled in defence this season and have conceded 31 goals so far.

A win this weekend could move them out of the bottom three, while visitors Doncaster remain just one point above the relegation spots following a 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Both have secured two wins out of the five times that they have played one another, with one draw. However, Barnsley managed to get the better of Doncaster the last time the two sides met at Oakwell.

Manager David Flitcroft will be without Jacob Mellis this weekend as the midfielder nurses an ankle injury, while Theo Robinson is expected to return to Paul Dickov's Doncaster side.

Recent form

Barnsley: LDLWDD

Doncaster Rovers: WLWLLL

Possible starting lineups

Barnsley: Butland; Kennedy, Cranie, Wiseman, M'voto; O'Grady, Perkins, Fox, O'Brien, McCourt; O'Grady, Pedersen

Doncaster Rovers: Turnbull; Wabara, Khumalo, McCullough, Jones; Yun, Wellens, Keegan, Copinger; Duffy, Cotterill

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Mick McCarthy of Ipswich Town looks on during the pre season friendly match between Barnet and Ipswich Town at The Hive on July 20, 2013
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