Peter Ramage is out for up to six weeks with the thigh injury he suffered in the 2-0 defeat at QPR last time out but Jean-Yves Mvoto has recovered from his ankle injury and should step in.
Lewin Nyatanga, who has still not appeared for the club since returning this summer is unlikely to be ready to start but could be on the bench.
Striker Marcus Pedersen is set for his first start since the 31st August after fully recovering from his horrible ankle gash.
Last time out - Barnsley Team:
Head To Head
Last Six Barnsley v Middlesbrough results:
9/2/13 Middlesbrough 2-3 Barnsley (Championship)
18/8/13 Barnsley 1-0 Middlesbrough (Championship)
6/3/12 Middlesbrough 2-0 Barnsley (Championship)
16/8/11 Barnsley 1-3 Middlesbrough (Championship)
16/4/11 Middlesbrough 1-1 Barnsley (Championship)
28/8/10 Barnsley 2-0 Middlesbrough (Championship)
Barnsley Wins: 15
Middlesbrough Wins: 25
Barnsley Goals: 48
Middlesbrough Goals: 88
Barnsley Wins: 11
Middlesbrough Wins: 8
Barnsley Goals: 32
Middlesbrough Goals: 28
First Met In League: Middlesbrough 3-0 Barnsley Saturday 7th October 1899.
Biggest Win: Barnsley 5-2 Middlesbrough Saturday 10th February 1900.
Biggest Defeat: Middlesbrough 5-0 Barnsley Saturday 14th November 1925 & Tuesday 26th April 1994.
Last Home Win: Barnsley (Craig Davies 45) 1-0 Middlesbrough Saturday 18th August 2012.
Last Away Win: Middlesbrough (Mustapha Carayol 50, Curtis Main 62) 2-3 Barnsley (Jim O’Brien 6, Scott Golbourne 70, Jason Scotland 76) Saturday 9th February 2013.
Last Home Draw: Barnsley (Andy Liddell) 1-1 Middlesbrough (Jan-Aage Fjortoft) Saturday 22nd April 1995.
Last Away Draw: Middlesbrough (Scott McDonald 84) 1-1 Barnsley (Marlon Harewood 22) Saturday 16th April 2011.
Last Home Defeat: Barnsley (Stephen McManus og 4) 1-3 Middlesbrough (Scott McDonald 11, Barry Robson 13, Marvin Emnes 44). Tuesday 16th August 2011.
Last Away Defeat: Middlesbrough (Seb Hines 60, Bartholomew Ogbeche 90) 2-0 Barnsley Tuesday 16th March 2012.
Last Home Meeting:
Saturday 18th August 2012.
Barnsley 1 0 Middlesbrough
David Gonzalez, Scott Golbourne, Stephen Foster, Scott Wiseman, John Stones, Matty Done (Kelvin Etuhu 17), David Perkins, Tomasz Cywka, Jacob Mellis (Stephen Dawson 76), Craig Davies, Marlon Harewood.
Unused Subs: Lukas Lidakevicius, Bobby Hassell, Lee Collins, Paul Digby, Chris Dagnall.
Manager: Keith Hill.
Jason Steele, Justin Hoyte, George Friend (Adam Reach 60), Rhys Williams, Jonathan Woodgate, Grant Leadbitter, Nicky Bailey, Julio Arca (Merouane Zemmama 60), Faris Haroun (Andrew Halliday 60), Marvin Emnes, Emmanuel Ledesma.
Unused Subs: Jayson Leutwiler, Seb Hines, Richard Smallwood, Luke Williams.
Manager: Tony Mowbray.
Still at respective clubs:
Barnsley: 9 (Wiseman, Etuhu, Perkins, Cywka, Mellis, Dawson, Hassell, Digby, Dagnall.)
Middlesbrough: 15 (Steele, Hoyte, Friend, Reach, Williams, Woodgate, Leadbitter, Haroun, Halliday, Emnes, Ledesma, Leutwiler, Hines, Smallwood, Williams.)
Last six 2013-2014 results:
5/10/13 QPR 2–0 Barnsley (Championship)
1/10/13 Barnsley 1–1 Reading (Championship)
28/9/13 Leicester 2– 1 Barnsley (Championship)
21/9/13 Barnsley 1-5 Watford (Championship)
17/9/13 Bournemouth 1-0 Barnsley (Championship)
14/9/13 Nottingham Forest 3-2 Barnsley (Championship)
W: 0 D: 1 L: 5 F: 5 A: 14 GD: -9 Points: 1
5/10/13 Middlesbrough 4–1 Yeovil (Championship)
1/10/13 Middlesbrough 1-1 Huddersfield (Championship)
28/9/13 QPR 2-0 Middlesbrough (Championship)
21/9/13 Middlesbrough 3-3 Bournemouth (Championship)
17/9/13 Nottingham Forest 2-2 Middlesbrough (Championship)
14/9/13 Ipswich 3-1 Middlesbrough (Championship)
W: 1 D: 3 L: 2 F: 11 A: 12 GD: -1 Points: 6
Although Barnsley have won three more Oakwell meetings than Middlesbrough, the visitors have netted six more goals.
Middlesbrough have kept just one clean sheet in 2013-2014 and have managed just one in their last 15 games in all competitions.
The Reds have lost eight of their first 11 league matches for the first time since 1966-67 They did recover however to finish 16th that campaign.
If they lose to Middlesbrough tomorrow they will create an unwanted piece of history. No Barnsley side has EVER lost nine of their first 12 league matches.
Overall Barnsley have now won just two of the last 20 matches in all competitions and one of the last 14.
They are looking for their first win in six matches. The last time they went six without a win was December of last year when they failed to win for 11.
The Football League’s leakiest defence has gone their first 11 matches without a clean sheet for the first time since 1966-67.
Back then they managed to get their first shut out in their 12th matches. If Barnsley fail to stop Middlesbrough from scoring it will be the first time they have gone their first 12 league matches without a clean sheet since 1952-1953- 61 years ago- when it took an amazing 19 matches to achieve their first shut out. That season is arguably the worst in the club’s history. They finished bottom after picking up just 18 points from 42 matches and won just five games, both the lowest in the club’s history.
On This Day:
Played: 17 Won: 4 Drawn: 6 Lost: 7 Scored: 21 Conceded: 28.
Last match on the 19th October: 2010. Burnley 3-0 Barnsley. ATT: 14,428.
Last win: 1999
Last draw: 1996
Last defeat: 2010
STAT! – Barnsley have won just one of the last eight on this date, losing four.
Played: 15 Won: 5 Drawn: 5 Lost: 5 Scored: 22 Conceded: 18.
Last match on the 19th October: 2010. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Middlesbrough. Att: 22,115.
Last win: 1971
Last draw: 1985
Last defeat: 2010
STAT! – Middlesbrough have lost their last three matches on this date, and have not won in five.
Saturday 19th October 2013:
Blackpool v Wigan
Blackburn v Charlton
Bolton v Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich v Burnley
Leicester v Huddersfield
Millwall v QPR
Nottingham Forest v Bournemouth
Reading v Doncaster
Watford v Derby
Yeovil v Brighton
Sunday 20th October 2013:
Leeds v Birmingham