PREVIEW: Tykes look to kickstart season against Huddersfield this weekend

Written by Seb Sadler


Barnsley are looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday, in the Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town at Oakwell.

With an unimpressive 0-0 draw vs Peterborough United last weekend, the Tykes are 23rd in the Championship, 8 points away from safety, and new manager Poya Asbaghi is yet to see his team score as Barnsley boss.

Last Saturday’s fixture saw Barnsley’s dismal season continue, as they were dominated in the possession battle in what was only their second clean sheet of the season.

Particularly concerning is leading marksman Cauley Woodrow’s form as he only has 3 goals so far this season and is without a goal in his last 10 games. 

Belgian striker Aaron Leya Iseka, could make his return at the weekend, with the former Anderlecht and Toulouse star missing the Peterborough game due to illness. 

This positive sign may mean no major changes to the team, aside from the potential return of Callum Brittain at full back after injury. 

History shows that Barnsley have favoured playing their Yorkshire neighbours, the last time Huddersfield won at Oakwell being in November 2012.

Huddersfield come into the fixture 8th placed in the league but their playoff chances took a hit after a frustrating 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough last Saturday. 

Barnsley defensive stalwart, Michał Helik said to the media on Thursday: 

“We still feel like we stay in the league and we are fighting for this. I personally expect another clean sheet to start building some momentum”

“I think we have confidence; it is a little bit tough if your results are not there to be confident, but I think under a new coach he is telling us to have confidence in every game we have, so we are believing in him and I think we will bring that confidence to this game and try to show it on the pitch.”

Seb Jones, writer for The 72 and Tykes Blog, said: 

“There might be a few attacking changes, especially as Callum Brittain and Aaron Leya Iseka will both be back. I think Devante Cole will drop out and Jordan Williams at right back as well.

“Huddersfield have been playing well this season and play a very counter attacking style of football under Carlos Corberán. It has taken time for them to get the players in and get the system in the players minds. Something has obviously clicked for them.”

Written by Seb Sadler

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