Barnsley have an almost full strength squad to go into tomorrow’s crunch South Yorkshire derby with only midfielder Jacob Mellis struggling to recover from a dead leg.
David Perkins made a welcome return after four weeks out with a hamstring injury at Leicester last weekend and is pushing for a starting place, as is ex Owl Marcus Tudgay. The on loan Nottingham Forest striker who has netted in his last two starting appearances for the Reds scored 52 times in 210 games for Sheffield Wednesday between 2006 and 2010.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
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Last Six Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday Results:
16/1/10 Barnsley 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
8/8/09 Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Barnsley (Championship)
17/2/09 Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Barnsley (Championship)
21/10/08 Barnsley 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
1/3/08 Barnsley 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
27/11/07 Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
Barnsley Wins: 21
Sheffield Wednesday Wins: 31
Barnsley Goals: 81
Sheffield Wednesday Goals: 100
Barnsley Wins: 14
Sheffield Wednesday Wins: 9
Barnsley Goals: 47
Sheffield Wednesday Goals: 36This Season
Last six 2012-2013 results:
8/12/12 Leicester 2-2 Barnsley (Championship)
1/12/12 Watford 4-1 Barnsley (Championship)
27/11/12 Barnsley 1-1 Burnley (Championship)
24/11/12 Barnsley 1-2 Cardiff (Championship)
17/11/12 Bolton 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
10/11/12 Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield (Championship)
W: 0 D: 3 L: 3 F: 6 A: 11 GD: -5 Points: 3
8/12/12 Sheffield Wednesday 2-3 Bristol City (Championship)
2/12/12 Cardiff 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
27/11/12 Sheffield Wednesday 1-4 Watford (Championship)
24/11/12 Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Leicester (Championship)
17/11/12 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
9/11/12 Middlesbrough 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
W: 0 D: 0 L: 6 F: 4 A: 14 GD: -10 Points: 0
Things were all rosy for Wednesday back in August. After securing promotion from League One they won three and drew one of their first four Championship matches. They have though managed just two victories from the next 18 and have lost their last seven in a row- their worst losing streak since the 2000-2001 season when they suffered eight consecutive defeats under Paul Jewell.
The Owls have in total lost 15 of their last 18 league matches, their worst run ever, beating the previous worst of 14 from 17 which they set in 1975 when they finished the season bottom of the Second Division by 11 points.
They have lost four of their last five matches on the road and won only once away from Hillsborough this season, 3-0 at Ipswich back in October and their record of four points away from home is the worst in the division.
Barnsley are now without a win in their last 10 matches, their worst run since they finished the 2009-2010 season winless in 10.
The Reds have also failed to win any of their last eight matches at home and have managed just two victories at Oakwell this season.
The Reds have managed just eight goals at home, the lowest in the Championship.
Barnsley are searching for only their second home win against the Owls in seven attempts. The last time they secured maximum points from an Oakwell tussle was in October 2008 and Wednesday defeated The Reds 2-1 the last time they visited, in 2010.
Indeed The Reds have won just two of the last 13 league and cup meetings home and away with the blue men from down the A61.
Barnsley are on their lowest point total at this stage of the season for 11 years, Wednesday are on their lowest for 10 years. Both teams were relegated at the end of those respective seasons.
On This Day:
Played: 13, Won: 4, Drawn 3, Lost 6, Scored 19, Conceded 22.
Last match on the 15th December: 2007. Sheffield United 1-0 Barnsley. ATT: 26,629.
Last win: 1967
Last draw: 1973
Last defeat: 2007
STAT! – Barnsley have not won on this date for 45 years (four matches). The last time they played on the 15th December was against their other Sheffield rivals, losing 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
Played: 15, Won 2, Drawn 5, Lost 8, Scored 11, Conceded 20.
Last match on the 15th December: 2007. Crystal Palace 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Hinds). ATT: 14,865.
Last win: 1956
Last draw: 1990
Last defeat: 2007
STAT! – Sheffield Wednesday have only ever won twice on the 15th December, and not since 1956. They have played seven matches on this date since then, losing five.
Saturday 15th December 2012:
Hull v Huddersfield
Birmingham v Crystal Palace
Blackpool v Blackburn
Bolton v Charlton
Brighton v Nottingham Forest
Bristol City v Derby
Burnley v Watford
Cardiff v Peterborough
Leeds v Ipswich
Middlesbrough v Wolves
Millwall v Leicester