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PREVIEW: BARNSLEY (A)

22 December 2020

All the info you need ahead of the Boxing Day clash

- Barnsley vs Town preview
- A look at the fixture’s head-to-head
- Watch the game on iFollow HTAFC

Huddersfield Town are back in action on Boxing Day with a trip to Oakwell for a Yorkshire derby with Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship; 3pm kick-off.

The Terriers will be looking to build on a 2-0 victory over Watford last time out when they make the trip to South Yorkshire on Saturday.

That win over the Hornets was Town’s fourth in succession at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Carlos Corberán’s side looking to translate that form to success on the road too with a positive result in the Club’s final away game of the calendar year.

THE OPPOSITION

After a heroic effort to stay in the Sky Bet Championship on the final day of last season, the Tykes have made a more comfortable start to their second season back in the second tier.

Manager Valérien Ismaël is now two months into the job at Oakwell having come in to be the successor to Gerhard Struber back in October, and sees his side currently occupy 13th place in the table.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a relatively successful start to life in South Yorkshire, with his side picking up 25 points from a possible 42 through his opening 14 games in charge.

FORM GUIDE

The hosts go into the Boxing Day clash looking to respond to a 2-0 defeat against Swansea City in South Wales last time out.

Prior to that, the Tykes had won three on the bounce with victories in the space of a week against Wycombe Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.

As for Town, the Terriers make the short trip to South Yorkshire looking to translate home form into wins on the road off the back of four victories on the bounce at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Carlos Corberán’s side will be hoping to carry that momentum on to their travels with sights set on a first away win since late October, at the weekend.

ONES TO WATCH

Michal Helik

The centre-back has been almost an ever-present through the first few months of his debut season in England following his move from Polish Ekstraklasa club Cracovia in the summer. Having helped his former side to win the Polish Cup in 2019/20, Helik has played in 17 of the Tykes’ 20 Sky Bet Championship fixtures and has been an assertive presence at the heart of a back three that has kept five clean sheets so far this campaign. He has also been a threat at the other end, registering his first Barnsley goal in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City back in October.

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Callum Styles

The 20-year-old has made an impressive start to the current campaign off the back of a breakout season at Oakwell in 2019/20. The midfielder made 18 appearances in all competitions for the Tykes last season, with his only goal coming on the final day of the season in the win at Brentford that secured their Sky Bet Championship status. Styles has nearly matched his appearance tally for last season already in this campaign as well as netting three times in the league, with goals against Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City and Wycombe Wanderers.

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Cauley Woodrow

Woodrow has continued the scoring form in the first half of the campaign that saw him top Barnsley’s scoring charts last season. The forward, who signed from Fulham in 2019 off the back of a successful initial loan spell with the Tykes, has a team-high in goals (7) and assists (4) so far this campaign. The 26-year-old has also been particularly prolific on home soil with five of his strikes coming at Oakwell in 2020/21.

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PREVIOUS ENCOUNTERS

It’s the Terriers who hold the upper hand in the fixture’s record with 32 wins from the 74 meetings with Barnsley, to the Tykes’ 27 victories (15 draws).

Prior to a narrow 2-1 defeat on our last visit to Oakwell back in January, Town had been unbeaten in four in the fixture dating back to March 2014.

Our last win against the Tykes was a 2-1 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium in last season’s Sky Bet Championship meeting, with Christopher Schindler and Karlan Grant on the scoresheet for Town.

ACTION ELSEWHERE

Our meeting with the Tykes is one of 11 Sky Bet Championship matches set to take place on Boxing Day with all kick-offs 15:00 GMT unless stated otherwise. AFC Bournemouth’s game against Millwall has been postponed due to positive Covid-19 cases in the visiting squad.

SATURDAY 26 DECEMBER 2020

Barnsley v Huddersfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City v Wycombe Wanderers

Cardiff City v Brentford

Coventry City v Stoke City

Derby County v Preston North End

Middlesbrough v Rotherham United

Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City

Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City

Reading v Luton Town

Watford v Norwich City (19:45 GMT)

TEAM NEWS

Carlos Corberán will provide the latest team news during his virtual pre-match press conference on Wednesday 23 December 2020.

KIT

The Terriers will be sporting the yellow and purple third kit for Saturday’s trip to Oakwell – CLICK HERE to get yours!

HOW TO WATCH

Huddersfield Town supporters can watch Saturday’s game against AFC Bournemouth on iFollow HTAFC.

As per the agreement between the EFL and Sky Sports, Season Card holders will not receive a code to watch this game.

That means that all supporters have to purchase a match pass on iFollow HTAFC to watch the game.

The match pass will cost £10; CLICK HERE to get yours!

 

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Match Reports

REPORT: BARNSLEY 2–1 TOWN

26 December 2020

A stoppage time goal from Michał Helik condemned Huddersfield Town to a 2-1 defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Rarmani Edmonds-Green had put the Terriers ahead early on before goals from Helik either side of the break saw Town suffer defeat in the Yorkshire derby on Boxing Day.

Fresh from signing a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Club earlier in the week, Carlos Corberán named an unchanged for a third successive game off the back of the draw at Coventry and the victory over Watford before Christmas.

The only alterations came on the Terriers bench where Ben Hamer returned from a groin issue alongside 18-year-old Kian Harratt making his first appearance in the match day squad this season.

It was Town who made the more enthusiastic of the starts and landed the first punch in the Boxing Day encounter at Oakwell.

After a smart short corner from the left, Carel Eiting clipped the ball into the path of Rarmani Edmonds-Green who steered the ball into the net to put the visiting Terriers 1-0 up.

Off the back of that goal, Fraizer Campbell had the perfect chance to instantly double the lead. The forward got through one-on-one but dragged the ball just wide of the goal.

At the other end, the hosts made the most of their first real attack to level the scores once again. After a goalmouth scramble, Michał Helik did enough to force the ball over the line to draw the Tykes level.

Following an action-packed opening, the two sides endured a battling period in the contest with chances at a premium.

But as the break approached, Juninho Bacuna fired wide after a corner broke to him on the edge of the box whilst Cauely Woodrow had an effort on goal deflected wide by Edmonds-Green for the hosts.

The first opening of the second half came via an unlikely source in the form of Jonathan Hogg. The midfielder’s driven strike from the edge of the box was blocked and nearly fell for Harry Toffolo as Town looked to regain the lead.

Just after the hour-mark it was Eiting who had the next half-chance. The Dutchman scuffed an effort that was cleared by the Barnsley defence having been found by Lewis O’Brien inside the box.

Advancing into the closing stages, Ryan Schofield produced a good stop to keep out Cauley Woodrow.

Town’s ‘keeper stretched across to his right to divert the forward’s header away from the goal on 72 minutes.

That Woodrow effort looked to be the final chance of the contest until the hosts took all three points with one of the final kicks of the game.

Helik, who had equalised in the first half, completed the hosts’ turnaround, finding the net from under the crossbar after a long throw from the left was flicked into his path.

The 93rd minute goal condemned Town to defeat in the Boxing Day encounter with the final whistle going soon after at Oakwell.

Next up for Town is a return to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday 29 December 2020; 7.45pm kick-off.

BARNSLEY (3-4-3)

Jack Walton, Mads Juel Andersen, Michał Helik, Michael Sollbauer; Callum Styles, Alex Mowatt (Romal Palmer, 87’), Matty James (Herbie Kane, 73’), Callum Brittain; Conor Chaplin (Luke Thomas, 73’), Cauley Woodrow (George Miller, 97’), Dominik Frieser (Victor Adeboyejo, 60’)

Unused subs

Bradley Collins; Patrick Schmidt, Clarke Oduor, Jasper Moon

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-3-3)

Ryan Schofield; Harry Toffolo, Naby Sarr, Rarmani Edmonds-Green, Pipa; Jonathan Hogg, Lewis O’Brien, Carel Eiting (Alex Pritchard, 71’); Juninho Bacuna, Fraizer Campbell, Isaac Mbenza (Adama Diakhaby, 81’)

Unused subs

Ben Hamer; Álex Vallejo, Demeaco Duhaney, Kian Harratt, Romoney Crichlow, Jaden Brown, Aaron Rowe

REFEREE

David Webb

 

 

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