Preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Barnsley

Sports Mole previews Saturday's crucial relegation battle in the Championship as Sheffield Wednesday host Barnsley in a Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.

Hillsborough will play host to a vital Yorkshire derby this Saturday as Sheffield Wednesday welcome Barnsley in a Championship basement battle.

Wednesday have enjoyed a new lease of life under Stuart Gray, whose first match as permanent manager finished as a 1-1 draw with Millwall on Tuesday.

That made it nine games without defeat for the Owls, and another Yorkshire derby will bring back positive memories of their 6-0 victory over Leeds United, which came right in the middle of their current run.

Despite their decent form, however, they still sit just two places and three points above the relegation zone, making Saturday's derby against fellow strugglers Barnsley one of the most important in years.

A win could see them climb as high as 17th in the table, while their goal difference should keep them safe from falling into the bottom three should results go against them.

The Owls have won their last three matches in all competitions at Hillsborough, scoring 12 goals in that time and conceding just one.

However, they will be without Rafael Floro and Anthony Gardner due to injury, while Giles Coke begins a three-match suspension following his red card on Tuesday.

Barnsley have also experienced an upturn in form in recent weeks and come into Saturday's game unbeaten in the league this year.

However, they remain just one place off the bottom and five points from safety as the teams around them have also improved their results recently.

The visitors' away form is a large factor in their struggles this season, and no side in the Championship has amassed fewer points on their travels than Barnsley.

They have won just one away game all season, and that run stretches to one in 19 when you go back to the previous campaign too.

However, Danny Wilson has been busy in the January transfer window, and hopes are high around the club that the influx of new players could spur an improvement in form over the latter stages of the season.

David Fox is Barnsley's only injury doubt, and Wilson could start with Nick Proschwitz and Chris O'Grady up front together.

Recent form

Sheff Weds: DWWDWD

Barnsley: LLDLWD

Possible starting lineups

Sheff Weds: Kirkland; Palmer, Loovens, Llera, Helan; Maguire, Semedo, Maghoma, Lee; Lavery, Nuhiu

Barnsley: Steele; Cranie, Mvoto, Ramage, Kennedy; Shea, Dawson, O'Brien, Jennings; Proschwitz, O'Grady

Sports Mole says: 2-1

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott barks orders from the touchline on September 18, 2013
Read Next:
Preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Leeds
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves27195350203062
2Derby CountyDerby27157544232152
3Cardiff CityCardiff27155740251550
4Aston Villa27138639241547
5Bristol City2813874033747
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd27134104031943
7Leeds UnitedLeeds27134103729843
8Fulham2711974034642
9Middlesbrough27125103527841
10Preston North EndPreston27101163127441
11Brentford27101074135640
12Norwich CityNorwich28117102831-340
13Ipswich TownIpswich27123124039139
14Queens Park RangersQPR2789103137-633
15Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest27102153343-1032
16Millwall27710102930-131
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds27710103034-431
18Reading2778123035-529
19Barnsley2769122737-1027
20Hull City27510123944-525
21Bolton WanderersBolton2767142545-2025
22Burton Albion2766152146-2524
23Birmingham CityBirmingham2765161538-2323
24Sunderland27410132947-1822
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account