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Match Preview: Barnsley

All of the info in one place ahead of our trip to South Yorkshire

27 April 2018

Brentford's last away game of the regular season sees them head to Barnsley for matchday 45 of the 2017/18 campaign. There's all to play for as The Bees look to get closer to the top six, while The Tykes are in a fight to escape relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

THE OPPOSITION

Barnsley's two-year stay in England's second tier could be over if they lose to Brentford on Saturday and Bolton win their game against Burton Albion. The home side have only won one of their last 11 league games and will need at least one win from their last two if they stand a chance of saving themselves from the drop.

Two defeats back to back at the start of August seemed to be a glimpse of what was to come for Barnsley, until they managed to get two victories out of three games to see out the first month of the season. What followed was a run of mixed success, that at one point had them up to 16th following a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Birmingham City. A poor turn in form slowly saw them drop towards the relegation zone, which they eventually slid into after a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on 10 February.

On 16 December 2017, Griffin Park was the setting as The Bees drew 0-0 with Saturday's opponents. Both sides had chances to win the tie, including a close range effort from Ollie Watkins in the dying moments of second-half stoppage time. The Tykes ended a run of five defeats in a row by avoiding a loss that day in TW8.

Barnsley's last two matches have seen them lose 2-1 to Leeds United, and 3-0 to Nottingham Forest. With Derby County beating Cardiff City in midweek, three points is crucial for Barnsley's hope at survival as well as Brentford's hope for a Play-Off spot.

TEAM NEWS

Rico Henry continues his recovery from a muscle injury he suffered at Middlesbrough earlier this season and will miss out. Alan Judge missed the last two games with a hamstring problem but is hoping to make his return to the matchday squad this weekend.

Barnsley's Andy Yiadom and Zeki Fryers are both looking to get back into their own squad this Saturday. Both were dropped for the defeat to Forest on Tuesday night but could return for this crucial match with The Bees.

THE MANAGER

Jose Morais is a 52-year-old Portuguese Head Coach who has had experience with Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea. He started out as a youth coach with Benfica, where he first met current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. In 2009, he was hired by the 'special one' as an assistant at Inter before following him to jobs in Spain and England.

As a player, Morais plyed his trade in midfield at clubs in his native Portugal during a career that lasted seven years. Starting out at Uniao de Leiria, he moved to Atletico CP in Lisbon before finishing his time at LigaPro side FC Penafiel. 

PRE-MATCH VIEWS

Dean Smith: 'We will be going all out'

We Meet Again: Video highlights from our last trip to Barnsley

Ref Watch: Darren Bond in charge of this weekend's fixture

Florian Jozefzoon: 'You have to believe that it is possible'

Away Day Guide: Getting to Oakwell

MATCH COVERAGE

iFollow will be hosted by Mark Burridge on Saturday, with Matchday Live getting underway at 2.30pm. Co-Commentator duties this week are taken up by Mick Cabble and Ciaran Brett as The Bees go in search of an important result.

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