The Reds have been dealt another defensive injury blow with club stalwart Bobby Hassell being ruled out for the final three games of the seasons with a hamstring injury. Tom Kennedy returns from a one-match ban whilst there could also be a welcome return to the squad for Rob Edwards and Jim McNulty.
Edwards, 30, has struggled with injuries since signing from Blackpool in the summer of 2011, and spent time on loan at Fleetwood and Shrewsbury but is ready to return to David Flitcroft’s squad whilst 28 year old McNulty has also been nursing a sore hamstring that has seen him miss the last 10 matches.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
Head To Head
Last Six Nottingham Forest v Barnsley results:
27/10/12 Barnsley 1-4 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
3/3/12 Barnsley 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
6/8/11 Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley (Championship)
1/1/11 Nottingham Forest 2-2 Barnsley (Championship)
16/10/10 Barnsley 3-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
16/3/10 Barnsley 2-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
Nottingham Forest Wins: 26
Barnsley Wins: 25
Nottingham Forest Goals: 105
Barnsley Goals: 95
At the City Ground:
Nottingham Forest Wins: 18
Barnsley Wins: 7
Nottingham Forest Goals: 65
Barnsley Goals: 34
First Met In League: Saturday 29th September 1906. – Barnsley 0-1 Nottingham Forest
Biggest Win: Barnsley 5-0 Nottingham Forest Saturday 17th January 1914.
Biggest Defeat: Nottingham Forest 7-1 Barnsley Saturday 9th February 1957.
Last Home Win: Barnsley (Nathan Doyle, Andy Gray, Jacob Butterfield) 3-1 Nottingham Forest (Lewis McGugan) Saturday 16th October 2010.
Last Away Win: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Barnsley (Marc Richards x2) Friday 27th January 2006.
Last Home Draw: Barnsley (Craig Davies) 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Gareth McCleary) Saturday 3rd March 2012.
Last Away Draw: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley Saturday 6th August 2011.
Last Home Defeat: Barnsley (Marlon Harewood) 1-4 Nottingham Forest (Greg Halford, Simon Cox, Chris Cohen, Jermaine Jenas) Saturday 27th October 2012.
Last Away Defeat: Nottingham Forest (Guy Moussi) 1-0 Barnsley Tuesday 20th October 2009.
Last Away Meeting:
Saturday 6th August 2011.
Nottingham Forest 0-0 Barnsley
Lee Camp, Luke Chambers, Wes Morgan, Chris Gunter, George Boateng, Paul Anderson, Lewis McGugan, Andy Reid (Radoslaw Majewski 72), Jonathan Greening, Chris Cohen, David McGoldrick (Joe Garner 55)
Unused Subs: Paul Smith, Joel Lynch, Marcus Tudgay.
Luke Steele, Jay McEveley, Rob Edwards, Stephen Foster, Scott Wiseman, Miles Addison, Nathan Doyle, Danny Haynes, David Perkins, Jacob Butterfield (Ricardo Vaz Te 88), Craig Davies (Jim O’Brien 79)
Unused Subs: David Preece, Bobby Hassell, Jim McNulty.
Still at respective clubs:
Nottingham Forest: 7- 1 out on loan.
Derby: 13- 3 out on loan.
Last six 2012-2013 results:
16/4/13 Middlesbrough1-0 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
13/4/13 Cardiff 3-0 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
6/4/13 Nottingham Forest 1-1 Blackpool (Championship)
1/4/13 Burnley 1-1 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
30/3/13 Nottingham Forest 2-2 Brighton (Championship)
16/3/13 Hull 1-2 Nottingham Forest (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 6 A: 9 GD: -3 Points: 6
16/4/13 Barnsley 1–1 Derby (Championship)
13/4/13 Barnsley 0–6 Charlton (Championship)
9/4/13 Cardiff 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
6/4/13 Crystal Palace 0-0 Barnsley (Championship)
1/4/13 Barnsley 2–0 Leicester (Championship)
30/3/13 Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 Barnsley (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 5 A: 10 GD: -5 Points: 6
Barnsley have lost just one of the last six meetings with Nottingham Forest, and have drawn each of their last two visits to the City Ground.
That defeat was in the prior fixture at Oakwell back in October when Forest triumphed 4-1. Victory for them tomorrow would give them their first double over Barnsley for 12 years.
Victory for Barnsley would tie the head to head meetings up at 26 wins apiece.
Forest have scored exactly 10 goals more than Barnsley, 105-95.
Both sides have won one, drawn three and lost two of their last six matches.
Forest won six of their first eight matches after Billy Davies returned as manager but have failed to win any of the five since and have lost each of the last two.
It is 14 months since they last went six games without a victory.
If Forest fail to score tomorrow it would be a third goal-less game in a row. They had scored in 10 in a row prior to this and they have not had a three game drought since January 2012.
The East Midlands side have won 10 home matches so far this season, four more than they managed in the whole of 2011-2012 and have scored 14 goals more at the City Ground than last season.
Barnsley head into this game looking for only their second win in seven outings and their first on the road in six.
The Reds have won five games on the road this season, their highest total since they won six in 2009-2010.
Barnsley have netted 28 times on their travels this season, better than their final away tallies in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 and equal to their 2009-2010 total.
The last time they managed to score as many as 29 away goals at this level was way back in 1999-2000 when they netted 40 on their way to a fourth place finish and the Play-Off Final.
Since the second tier went to 24 teams in 1988-89, 23rd place had never gained more than 49 points. Barnsley lay there now with 50.
Victory tomorrow would put the Reds on 53 points. The highest total any team has been relegated with in the last eight years is 52, which Leicester got in 2007-2008.
On This Day:
Played: 23 Won: 11 Drawn: 6 Lost: 6 Scored 37 Conceded 25.
Last match on the 20th April: 1992. Manchester United (McClair) 1-2 Nottingham Forest (Woan, Gemmill).
Last win: 1992
Last draw: 1988
Last defeat: 1982
STAT! – This is Nottingham Forest’s first match on the 20th April for 21 years. They have won each of their last two- against Manchester United and Chelsea, with the victory over the Blues coming from a 7-0 scoreline! They have lost just one of their last 13 matches on this date.
Played: 21 Won: 4 Drawn: 9 Lost: 8 Scored: 17 Conceded: 28.
Last match on the 20th April: 1996. Portsmouth 0-0 Barnsley.
Last win: 1987
Last draw: 1996
Last defeat: 1985
STAT! This is Barnsley’s first match on this date for 17 years and they have won just one of their last six 20th April games.
JOINT STAT! – Barnsley and Nottingham Forest have met once before on the 20th April. Forest won 4-1 at the City Ground back in 1935. The result left Forest in 9th in the Second Division, and Barnsley 16th. The two sides finished the 1934-35 season in those respective positions.
Friday 19th April 2013:
Hull v Bristol City
Saturday 20th April 2013:
Huddersfield v Millwall
Burnley v Cardiff
Birmingham v Leeds
Bolton v Middlesbrough
Brighton v Blackpool
Charlton v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Derby v Peterborough
Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich
Watford v Blackburn