Fulham vs Barnsley Championship Preview

Friday, February 14th, 2020 4:05pm

By Reemul Balla @Reemul_B

Unbeaten in seven, Fulham will be looking to extend their run against relegation contenders Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday.

Fulham are seeking revenge. Their first game of their Championship season back in August ended in a 1-0 defeat to the hands of Barnsley. Since then, the Cottagers have been in fine form, especially recently, propelling them up into third. They are vying for automatic promotion, tailgating Leeds only on goal difference. 

Gerhard Struber’s Barnsley, meanwhile, are lodged at the bottom of the table having only accrued five wins all season. The Tykes narrowly lost their last game to Birmingham 0-1, leaving them nine points from safety. They look favourites to plummet right back into League 1 unless their form improves over the next 14 games. 

 

The Yorkshire club are looking to complete a league double over Fulham for the first time in two decades. It won’t be an easy feat, especially having to contain deadly striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is the Championship’s top scorer right now with 21 goals. The Serbian netted in Fulham’s last win against Blackburn, and will be hungry for the Golden Boot. 

Forwards Cauley Woodrow and Conor Chaplin will be essential for Barnsley, not only tomorrow, but for the rest of the season, in their mission to remain in the Championship. The pair have 23 league goals between them.

Fulham boss, Scott Parker, is far from complacent stating that ‘there are no easy games in this division.” 

Struber maintains belief in his team. “We can pick up points in the next game...a very important thing for us is that we only focus on us and our performance, not the table.”

Barnsley midfielder Mike Bahre emanates this confidence stating: "even before the first match against Fulham, everyone was thinking they were favourites for promotion, but we showed we can beat them.”

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Team News:

Fulham

Fulham have stated a number of first team players will miss this one, including January signing Terence Kongolo.

On their site, it was revealed "Terence Kongolo, Alfie Mawson, Anthony Knockaert, Maxime Le Marchand, Harrison Reed" are all doubtful.

Barnsley

Central defender Bambo Diaby is suspended until further notice, whilst Samuel Radlinger and Marcel Ritzmaier are still out.

 

 

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