Barnsley v Blues: The Preview

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November 4, 2017 by Kane Styles.

Blues travel to Oakwell without registering a single away victory all season.  Barnsley have only won one of their previous nine home matches against Blues – fingers crossed that record gets even worse today. 

After a positive performance against Villa, we hoped that it was a sign of things to come. However,  the tepid and largely uninspiring showing on Wednesday night against Brentford nullified spirits. There’s a real lack of cutting edge, it’s now three games without a goal and Cotterill must find a winning formula sharpish. 

For the second game running, Sam Gallagher was used on the wing and struggled to make any kind of positive impact. I don’t see the logic in putting a 6’4 striker on the flank and leaving a fast, athletic and lively Che Adams as the lone striker. Both players would benefit if they simply swapped positions. 

Maxime Colin picked up a hamstring injury against his old club on Wednesday night, Emilio Nsue is set to earn a recall and start at right back. That may not be the only change Cotterill makes; Jeremie Boga could start his first game under the new regime, he adds more going forward than Jacques Maghoma and is a definite goal threat. 

Blues are lacking someone who is able to distribute and dictate; Craig Gardner could relish in a deep-lying partnership with Maikel Kieftenbeld and really give the side a platform. 

Predicted Lineup: 

Tomasz Kuszczack 

Emilio Nsue, Michael Morrison, Marc Roberts, Jonathan Grounds.

Maikel Kieftenbeld, Craig Gardner.

Jeremie Boga, Che Adams, Jota. 

Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Barnsley

The hosts have only been defeated once in their last five contests.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side eased past Burton Albion in the week winning 4-2 and will be eager to build on that result. 

Former Walsall striker, Tom Bradshaw, is the Tykes’ top scorer with eight in all competitions. The Welshman was once a target for Blues under Gary Rowett. 

Prediction;

Barnsley 1-1 Birmingham City.

@kanegstyles

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