Nottm Forest v Barnsley

19 October 2009 03:52
Coca Cola Championship Venue: City Ground Date: Tuesday 20 October 2009 Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio TEAM NEWS Nottingham Forest will again be without striker Robert Earnshaw, who is still a week or two away from returning following a calf injury. Manager Billy Davies has no new injury concerns but has hinted that he may make changes. Barnsley manager Mark Robins has no new injury or suspension problems so can choose from an unchanged squad. Bobby Hassell, who has been sidelined for four weeks with an Achilles problem, is not quite ready to return. MATCH PREVIEW Forest's poor start to the season now seems a distant memory and another victory for Billy Davies' side could take them into the top six. Saturday's defeat of Newcastle, who were the Championship leaders, was Forest's fourth win in a row and further suggested they are genuine promotion contenders. Barnsley are another team in excellent form. They have gone from strength to strength since Mark Robins took over as manager and extended their fine recent run by beating Yorkshire rivals Doncaster at the weekend. That win was their third in a row and the Tykes, who looked like relegation material prior to Robins' arrival, have now lost just once in seven matches. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • This is a match between the two most in-form clubs in the Championship. Both have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six matches. 606: DEBATE Have your say on this match • Forest's win against Barnsley last season was their only victory in six league meetings with the Tykes. • Barnsley have won only once in 10 league visits to the City Ground (2-0 in January 2006). Nottingham Forest • A win would be Forest's fifth consecutive victory and make it their longest winning league run since stringing together six in a row in April 2006. • Four of their five league victories this season have been by a single goal. • They have won all three matches in which they were winning at half-time. • Boss Billy Davies has used 19 players in this Championship campaign. Only Sheffield Wednesday have fielded as few. Barnsley • Barnsley, who have won three in a row, have not managed four successive league victories since December 2004. • Since being appointed manager on 9 September, Mark Robins has led Barnsley to five wins, one draw and two defeats. • Despite their recent rich vein of form, Barnsley have had the fewest attempts on goal in the division this season (112). MOST RECENT MEETING Barnsley 1-1 Nottm Forest (4 April 2009) Barnsley scorer: Campbell-Ryce 46. Forest scorer: Earnshaw 68.

Source: BBC_Sport