Chris O’Grady and Luke Steele again miss out but Peter Ramage is fit again. Caretaker manager Micky Mellon could opt to make changes in his first game in charge.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
Head To Head
Last Six Brighton v Barnsley results:
12/3/13 Barnsley 2-1 Brighton (Championship)
25/8/12 Brighton 5-1 Barnsley (Championship)
28/4/12 Barnsley 0-0 Brighton (Championship)
6/11/11 Brighton 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)
24/1/04 Brighton 1-0 Barnsley (Division Two)
23/8/03 Barnsley 1-0 Brighton (Division Two)
Brighton Wins: 13
Barnsley Wins: 13
Brighton Goals: 40
Barnsley Goals: 36
Brighton Wins: 9
Barnsley Wins: 3
Brighton Goals: 25
Barnsley Goals: 10
First Met In League: Brighton 1-1 Barnsley Saturday 27th September 1958.
Biggest Win: Barnsley 4-0 Brighton Saturday 28th September 1968.
Biggest Defeat: Brighton 5-1 Barnsley Saturday 25th August 2012.
Last Home Win: Barnsley (Jason Scotland 15, Chris Dagnall 64) 2-1 Brighton (Leonardo Ulloa 59) Tuesday 12th March 2013.
Last Away Win: Brighton 0-1 Barnsley Wednesday 5th October 1988.
Last Home Draw: Barnsley 0-0 Brighton Saturday 28th April 2012.
Last Away Draw: Brighton 1-1 Barnsley Saturday 13th January 1990.
Last Home Defeat: Barnsley 1-2 Brighton Saturday 24th August 1991.
Last Away Defeat: Brighton (Ashley Barnes 4,81 Wayne Bridge 14, Craig Mackail-Smith 38,50) 5-1 Barnsley (Craig Davies 35) Saturday 25th August 2012.
Last Away Meeting:
Saturday 25th August 2012:
Brighton 5 1 Barnsley
Barnes 4,81 Davies 35
Tomasz Kuszczak, Bruno, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd, Wayne Bridge, Andrew Crofts (Ryan Harley 70), Craig Noone (Kazenga Lua Lua 70), Gary Dicker, Liam Bridcutt, Ashley Barnes (Torbjorn Agdestein 84).
Unused Subs: Casper Ankergren, Lewis Dunk, Inigo Calderon, George Barker.
Manager: Gus Poyet.
David Gonzalez, Scott Golbourne (Bobby Hassell 55), Stephen Foster, Scott Wiseman, John Stones (Martin Cranie 55), Stephen Dawson, Tomasz Cywka, Jacob Mellis, Kelvin Etuhu, Craig Davies, Marlon Harewood.
Unused Subs: Lukas Lidakevicius, Lee Collins, Chris Dagnall, Jordan Clark, Danny Rose.
Manager: Keith Hill.
Still at respective clubs:
Brighton: 13 (Kuszczak, Bruno, Greer, El-Abd, Crofts, Bridcutt, Barnes, Mackail-Smith, Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Lua Lua, Barker)
Barnsley: 10 (Hassell, Wiseman, Cranie, Dawson, Cywka, Mellis, Etuhu, Dagnall, Clark, Rose.
Last six 2013-2014 results:
30/11/13 Bournemouth 1-1 Brighton (Championship)
23/11/13 Wigan 0-1 Brighton (Championship)
9/11/13 Brighton 3-0 Blackburn (Championship)
2/11/13 Doncaster 1-3 Brighton (Championship)
28/10/13 Brighton 1-1 Watford (Championship)
19/10/13 Yeovil 0-0 Brighton (Championship)
W: 3 D: 3 L: 0 F: 9 A: 3 GD: +6 Points: 12.
30/11/13 Barnsley 0-3 Birmingham (Championship)
23/11/13 Millwall 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
9/11/13 Barnsley 0–0 Doncaster (Championship)
1/11/13 Ipswich 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
26/10/13 Barnsley 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Championship)
19/10/13 Barnsley 3-2 Middlesbrough (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 5 A: 8 GD: -3 Points: 6
Both these sides have won 13 of the 34 league meetings.
Barnsley are chasing their first win at Brighton in seven attempts, dating back to 1988. They have lost each of their last five visits, scoring just twice in that time.
Barnsley have scored more than one goal in a game at Brighton just ONCE. They won 2-1 back in December 1970.
Overall the Seagulls have won six of the last nine meetings home and away, losing just twice.
This is Brighton’s fourth successive game against a team starting with the letter B.
Oscar Garcia’s men are currently on a six match unbeaten run, of which they have won three.
They have lost just twice at the Amex Stadium this season and conceded just nine goals.
They have however won just three home league matches. Amongst the division’s top 15 teams only Derby have won less in front of their own fans.
This will be Oscar Garcia’s first ever visit to Oakwell. He has one win (at Doncaster) and one defeat (at Leeds) from his only two previous trips to Yorkshire.
A change of manager typically results in a change of fortunes but Barnsley have failed to win any of their last three games immediately after sacking the man in the hot-seat, losing two.
They have won just one of the last 12 matches and staggeringly just seven of the last 31!
They have failed to score in their last three league games. It is their longest run without a league goal for exactly a year. They also went three without finding the net between the 3rd and 10th November last year.
The Reds have not gone four games without a goal since March 2012.
Barnsley have though conceded 35 in their 17 matches. 16 of those have come away from home- only Millwall and Bournemouth have conceded more on their travels this season.
They have conceded more goals than anybody else in the Championship, and the second most in the Football League- only League One Crewe (40) have conceded more. Their goal difference is also now –19, again only Crewe’s is worst.
Barnsley have the worst away record in the Football League, having picked up just ONE point away from Oakwell this season.
They have failed to win any of their last 15 matches on the road since defeating Middlesbrough 3-2 on the 9th February.
It is the club’s longest run without a win on the road for five years, when they went 16 without a victory between 6th October 2007 and 29th March 2008.
2013-2014: Games: 16 Yellows: 51 Reds: 4
Linington has dished out four red cards in just 16 matches this season and has shown at least three yellow cards in 10 of those games.
Last Brighton match: Nottingham Forest 2-2 Brighton, Saturday 30th March 2013 (Yellow card shown to Ankergren and Lua Lua)
Last Barnsley match: QPR 4-0 Barnsley, Saturday 7th August 2010. (Yellow card shown to Jay McEveley and Stephen Foster)
On This Day:
Played: 14 Won: 7 Drawn: 4 Lost: 3 Scored: 25 Conceded: 17.
Last match on the 3rd December: 2011. Brighton (Buckley) 1-0 Nottingham Forest. ATT: 20,385.
Last win: 2011
Last draw: 2005
Last defeat: 1997
STAT! – Brighton have lost just three times from 17 games on this date but they have come in the last five.
Played: 16 Won: 6 Drawn: 4 Lost: 6 Scored: 28 Conceded: 25
Last match on the 3rd December: 2011. Peterborough 3-4 Barnsley (O’Brien, Butterfield, Vaz Te, Davies). Att: 8,320.
Last win: 2011
Last draw: 2005
Last defeat: 1994
STAT! – Barnsley have won just one of their last six on this date but are unbeaten in three.
Tuesday 3rd December 2013:
Birmingham v Doncaster
Burnley v Watford
Ipswich v Blackburn
Millwall v Nottingham Forest
QPR v Bournemouth
Sheffield Wednesday v Leicester
Yeovil v Blackpool
Bolton v Huddersfield
Reading v Charlton
Wednesday 4th December 2013:
Derby v Middlesbrough
Leeds v Wigan