Lewin Nyatanga and Martin Cranie are still missing through injury but Jean Yves Mvoto returns from suspension.
Scott Golbourne’s departure to Wolves has created another hole in a defence that has shipped 10 goals in the last two matches and 17 in six games overall in 2013-2014.
Manager David Flitcroft must also decide whether to stick with 41 year old Mike Politt in goal or restore Luke Steele.
Recent signing Marcus Pedersen is set for his first league start.Last time out - Barnsley Team: Mike Pollitt Tom Kennedy Scott Wiseman Jim McNulty Scott Golbourne Jim O’Brien Stephen Dawson Jacob Mellis Kelvin Etutu Chris O’Grady Marcus Pedersen Head To Head Last Six Barnsley v Huddersfield results: 4/5/13 Huddersfield 2-2 Barnsley (Championship) 10/11/12 Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield (Championship) 15/5/06 Huddersfield 1-3 Barnsley (League One) 11/5/06 Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield (League One) 1/4/06 Huddersfield 1-0 Barnsley (League One) 31/12/05 Barnsley 2-2 Huddersfield (League One) Overall Record: Barnsley Wins: 22 Huddersfield Wins: 28 Draws: 12 Barnsley Goals: 85 Huddersfield Goals: 91 At Oakwell: Barnsley Wins: 16 Huddersfield Wins: 10 Draws: 5 Barnsley Goals: 57 Huddersfield Goals: 42 First Met In League: Barnsley 1-2 Huddersfield Thursday 17th November 1910. Biggest Win: Barnsley 7-1 Huddersfield Friday 27th November 1998. Biggest Defeat: Huddersfield 6-0 Barnsley Saturday 6th September 1952. Last Home Win: Barnsley (Michael Chopra 9,24,87, Michael Boulding 38) 4-2 Huddersfield (Pawel Abbott 55, Andy Booth 70) Saturday 15th January 2005. Last Away Win: Huddersfield (Jonathan Worthington 65) 1-3 Barnsley (Paul Hayes 58, Paul Reid 71, Daniel Nardiello 78) Monday 15th May 2006. Last Home Draw: Barnsley (Jacob Burns 42, Daniel Nardiello 81) 2-2 Huddersfield (Andy Booth 76, Gary Taylor-Fletcher 90) Saturday 31st December 2005. Last Away Draw: Huddersfield (Jermaine Beckford 53, James Vaughan 81) 2-2 Barnsley (Chris O’Grady 14, Jason Scotland 74) Saturday 4th May 2013. Last Home Defeat: Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield (Jermaine Beckford 36) Saturday 10th November 2012. Last Away Defeat: Huddersfield (Gary Taylor-Fletcher 55) 1-0 Barnsley Saturday 1st April 2006. Last Home Meeting: Saturday 10th November 2012. Barnsley 0-1 Huddersfield Jermaine Beckford 36 Barnsley: Luke Steele, Scott Golbourne, Stephen Foster, Scott Wiseman, Martin Cranie, John Stones, Stephen Dawson (Jim O’Brien 68), Tomasz Cywka (Reuben Noble-Lazarus 68), Jacob Mellis, Kelvin Etuhu (Mido 63), Marlon Harewood. Unused Subs: Ben Alnwick, Bobby Hassell, Jim McNulty, Chris Dagnall. Huddersfield: Alex Smithies, Paul Dixon, Peter Clarke, Jack Hunt, Joel Lynch, Adam Clayton, Keith Southern, Sean Scannell, Lee Novak (Alan Lee 86), Simon Church, Jermaine Beckford (Danny Ward 59) Unused Subs: Ian Bennett, Calum Woods, Anthony Gerrard, Oliver Norwood, Adam Hammill. Still at respective clubs: Barnsley: 14 Huddersfield: 14 This Season Last six 2013-2014 results: Barnsley: 27/8/13 Barnsley 1-5 Southampton (League Cup) 24/8/13 Blackburn 5–2 Barnsley (Championship) 17/8/13 Barnsley 2-2 Charlton (Championship) 10/8/13 Blackpool 1–0 Barnsley (Championship) 6/8/13 Barnsley 0–0 Scunthorpe (League Cup) 3/8/13 Barnsley 0-4 Wigan (Championship) W: 0 D: 2 L: 4 F: 5 A: 17 GD: -11 Points: 1 (one draw in the League Cup) Huddersfield: 27/8/13 Huddersfield 3-2 Charlton (League Cup) 24/8/13 Huddersfield 5-1 Bournemouth (Championship) 17/8/13 Millwall 0-1 Huddersfield (Championship) 10/8/13 Huddersfield 1-1 QPR (Championship) 6/8/13 Huddersfield 2-1 Bradford (League Cup) 3/8/13 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Huddersfield (Championship) W: 4 D: 1 L: 1 F: 12 A: 6 GD: +6 Points: 7 (two wins in League Cup) Interesting Stats Barnsley have won just one of their last six meetings with Huddersfield and have failed to win any of the last three at home, losing the most recent two 1-0. Barnsley’s last home win over the Terriers was a 4-2 success back in 2005 when Michael Chopra netted a hattrick in a League One game. Their last home victory at this level was back in March 2001. The Reds have also failed to score in three of the last five meetings home and away. Huddersfield need to score twice to take their total of goals in all competitions against Barnsley to 100. Whilst Barnsley conceded five goals in each of their last two matches, Huddersfield hit five past Bournemouth at the weekend with striker James Vaughan grabbing a hattrick. Former Reds boss Mark Robins has seen his side lose just one of their first six league and cup games (on the opening day at Nottingham Forest) Since then they have won four out of five, including each of the last three. Their start to this season in the league- LDWDWWW is EXACTLY the same as their start to last season. 12 months ago they followed those three successive wins with back to back defeats. The last time Huddersfield won four games in a row was back in April 2011, in League One. The last time at this level was November 1999. If they manage to secure victory from Oakwell it will be their best start to a league season for 30 years. Barnsley have now won just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions and have failed to win any of their six games in 2013-2014, their worst run for 21 years, when they also failed to win their first six of 1992-1993. Interestingly the last time they failed to win any of their first seven matches of a season was the previous year, 1991-1992. This will be Barnsley’s fifth home game of the season, and they actually failed to win any of their first five home games of the 2011-2012 campaign. Luke Steele’s omission for the 5-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton on Tuesday night brought to an end his run of 42 consecutive league and cup appearances. The last time he did not play was the 4-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest on the 27th October 2012, and that was due to an injury that kept him out of the first 15 games of 2012-2013. If he does play it will be Steele’s 200th appearance for Barnsley. His replacement, Mike Pollitt has not played back to back games since August 2009. The Reds have conceded 17 goals in their six matches this season, an average of 2.8 per game. On This Day:
Played: 19 Won: 9 Drawn: 7 Lost: 3 Scored 30 Conceded 18.
Last match on the 31st August: 2002. Northampton 1-0 Barnsley. ATT: 5,004.
Last win: 1998 Last draw: 1971 Last defeat: 2002
STAT! – Barnsley have not played on the last day of August for 11 years when they lost to Northampton in Division Two. They have won three and lost three of their last six matches on this date.
Played: 20 Won: 8 Drawn: 5 Lost: 7 Scored 30 Conceded 30.
Last match on the 31st August: 2002 Huddersfield 0-0 Blackpool. ATT: 9,506.
Last win: 1998 Last draw: 2002 Last defeat: 1993
STAT! – Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last three matches on this date, winning one and drawing two.
Saturday 31st August 2013:
Leeds v QPR
Birmingham v Ipswich
Blackburn v Bolton
Blackpool v Watford
Brighton v Millwall
Charlton v Leicester
Derby v Burnley
Doncaster v Bournemouth
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
Wigan v Nottingham Forest
Yeovil v Reading