Top scorer Chris O’Grady will again miss out with a calf strain so loanee Marcus Tudgay should slot in for his second Reds debut, providing manager David Flitcroft goes back to playing two upfront.
David Fox returns after recovering from mumps and Kelvin Etuhu is over a hamstring injury suffered against Millwall last weekend.
Peter Ramage and Luke Steele remain out.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
Head To Head
Last Six Barnsley v Birmingham results:
26/12/12 Barnsley 1-2 Birmingham (Championship)
22/9/12 Birmingham 0-5 Barnsley (Championship)
21/2/12 Barnsley 1-3 Birmingham (Championship)
24/9/11 Birmingham 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
10/3/09 Barnsley 1-1 Birmingham (Championship)
23/8/08 Birmingham 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)
Barnsley Wins: 19
Birmingham Wins: 36
Barnsley Goals: 89
Birmingham Goals: 115
Barnsley Wins: 11
Birmingham Wins: 17
Barnsley Goals: 50
Birmingham Goals: 58
First Met In League: Small Heath 3-1 Barnsley Saturday 17th September 1898.
Biggest Win: Barnsley 7-2 Small Heath Saturday 14th January 1899.
Biggest Defeat: Small Heath 5-0 Barnsley Saturday 2nd December 1899 & Barnsley 0-5 Birmingham Saturday 14th February 1920 & Saturday 2nd September 1995.
Last Home Win: Barnsley (Daniel Nardiello 52) 1-0 Birmingham Monday 9th April 2007
Last Away Win: Birmingham 0-5 Barnsley (Stephen Foster 50, Craig Davies 54,60,65,73) Saturday 22nd September 2012.
Last Home Draw: Barnsley (Michael Mifsud 82) 1-1 Birmingham (Martin Taylor 85) Tuesday 10th March 2009.
Last Away Draw: Birmingham (Chris Burke 86) 1-1 Barnsley (Jacob Butterfield 33) Saturday 24th September 2011.
Last Home Defeat: Barnsley (Jonathan Greening 38)) 1-2 Birmingham (Curtis Davies 35,77) Wednesday 26th December 2012.
Last Away Defeat: Birmingham (Kevin Phillips 13, Garry O’Connor 45) 2-0 Barnsley Saturday 23rd August 2008.
Last Home Meeting:
Wednesday 26th December 2012.
Barnsley 1 2 Birmingham
Greening 38 Davies 33, 77
Luke Steele, Bobby Hassell, Scott Golbourne, Jim McNulty, John Stones, Stephen Dawson, Jim O’Brien, David Perkins (Matty Done 68), Jonathan Greening, Chris Dagnall (Craig Davies 68), Marcus Tudgay.
Unused Subs: Ben Alnwick, Scott Wiseman, Tomasz Cywka, Emile Sinclair, Marlon Harewood.
Manager: Keith Hill.
Jack Butland, Steven Caldwell, Curtis Davies, Mitch Hancox, Paul Robinson, Hayden Mullins, Wade Elliott, Nathan Redmond (Chris Burke 53), Callum Reilly, Nikola Zigic, Robert Hall (Morgaro Gomis 85).
Unused Subs: Colin Doyle, Pablo Ibanez, Emmitt Delfouneso, Ravel Morrison, Jake Jervis.
Manager: Lee Clark.
Still at respective clubs:
Barnsley: 9 (Steele, Hassell, McNulty, Dawson, O’Brien, Perkins, Dagnall, Wiseman, Cywka)
Birmingham: 8 (Hancox, Reilly, Robinson, Mullins, Elliott, Zigic, Doyle, Burke)
Last six 2013-2014 results:
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)
5/10/13 QPR 2–0 Barnsley (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 5 A: 7 GD: -2 Points: 6
23/11/13 Birmingham 1–1 Blackpool (Championship)
9/11/13 Huddersfield 1-3 Birmingham (Championship)
2/11/13 Birmingham 0-1 Charlton (Championship)
29/10/13 Birmingham 4-4 Stoke (League Cup)
26/10/13 Derby 1-1 Birmingham (Championship)
20/10/13 Leeds 4-0 Birmingham (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 9 A: 12 GD: -3 Points: 5 *one draw in League Cup
Just like last season The Reds follow an away trip to Millwall with a home game against Birmingham.
Barnsley have lost two of their last three home meetings with Birmingham and have not beaten them at Oakwell since 2007.
The Reds have netted 50 league goals at Oakwell against Birmingham.
They have won just one of their five meetings with Birmingham home or away… and that was a stunning 5-0 triumph at St Andrews Stadium back in September 2012.
Indeed there has been no home victory for either team in the last five meetings and Brum are chasing a third successive victory at Oakwell.
Barnsley have managed to score in each of their eight Oakwell meetings with Birmingham but the Blues have netted in six of their last eight visits.
Birmingham have won exactly half of their clashes with Barnsley.
Birmingham are chasing only their second win in their last eight outings. The Midlands outfit sit fourth from bottom in the Championship, four points above Barnsley.
The Blues are unbeaten in their last two away games but have won just one of the last eight, and two overall this season.
Birmingham have managed to net just seven times on their travels this season, only the division’s bottom two sides- Barnsley and Yeovil, plus Doncaster have scored less.
They have also been beaten five times away from St Andrews Stadium, only the Reds with seven away defeats have lost more.
Lee Clark has faced Barnsley twice as a manager, both of those games coming with Birmingham. His side were famously hammered 5-0 on SKY back in September 2012 but he gained revenge by winning 2-1 in the return fixture at Oakwell three months later on Boxing Day.
Barnsley have won just one win of their last 11 league matches, and have just two maximum’s all season.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last four home games, their best run at Oakwell since September 2012. They have not managed to go five unbeaten at home for exactly four years.
2013-2014: Games: 6 Yellows: 15 Reds: 0
This will be only be Wright’s second Championship match this season.
Last Barnsley match: Barnsley 1-1 Burnley, Tuesday 27th November 2012. (No cards shown to Barnsley players)
Last Birmingham match: Birmingham 2-0 Leicester, Sunday 16th October 2011 (one yellow card for Birmingham)
On This Day:
Played: 13 Won: 5 Drawn: 3 Lost: 5 Scored: 21 Conceded: 23.
Last match on the 30th November: 2002. Barnsley (Sheron, Dyer) 2-2 Charlton. Att: 11,222.
Last win: 1991
Last draw: 2002
Last defeat: 1999
STAT! – Barnsley have won just two of their last seven on the final day of November.
Played: 19 Won: 6 Drawn: 4 Lost: 9 Scored: 26 Conceded: 40.
Last match on the 30th November: 2012. Birmingham (King 2, Elliott) 3-2 Middlesbrough. ATT:15,322.
Last win: 2012
Last draw: 2002
Last defeat: 2011
STAT! – Birmingham have won just one of the last six on this date- the most recent one.
Friday 29th November 2013:
Nottingham Forest v Reading
Saturday 30th November 2013:
Bournemouth v Brighton
Blackburn v Leeds
Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday
Charlton v Ipswich
Doncaster v QPR
Huddersfield v Burnley
Leicester v Millwall
Middlesbrough v Bolton
Watford v Yeovil
Sunday 1st December 2013:
Wigan v Derby