Huddersfield Town host Barnsley this evening in the Sky Bet Championship, looking to take another step towards safety and, in the process, dent their Yorkshire rivals’ push for the play-offs.
Carlos Corberan will have been delighted with Huddersfield’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the weekend, which came 24 hours before Barnsley suffered a shock defeat to Coventry City.
Tonight, that pair take each other on at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Football League World set to be in attendance as the Yorkshire rivals lock horns.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Story so far
Corberan oversaw a positive first-half to the season at Huddersfield, with the Terriers learning a new style of play and looking like they were a good bet to cruise towards mid-table.
However, injuries have pinched and results have soured for the Spaniard since the turn of the year.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Forest was just Huddersfield’s third victory this calendar year, but it did go a way to putting linger fears of relegation to bed at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Huddersfield are now eight points clear of Rotherham United.
As for Barnsley, they are fighting a very different battle at the opposite end of the table, with Valerien Ismael’s side the play-offs dark horses this term.
Ismael has been a real success at Oakwell and has delivered something that not many thought was possible when he arrived.
Despite defeat to Coventry last time out, Barnsley remain sixth in the table and with a four-point gap to the chasing pack.
Huddersfield have a couple of concerns heading out of Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest.
Harry Toffolo is a doubt due to the short turnaround given his recent troubles with a back injury, whilst Corberan has already ruled out the likes of Pipa, Fraizer Campbell and Alex Vallejo.
Josh Koroma will be part of the squad again, whilst Carel Eiting comes into contention after returning to training following a long-term lay-off.
In terms of Barnsley, Ismael will not be able to call on Liam Kitching, Herbie Kane and Ben Williams, as per the Barnsley Chronicle.
The latter two are not yet back in training, whilst Kitching’s return to the fold has been a slight struggle in terms of building up the required level to be considered for selection.
His return is around two weeks away.
Last time out
This pair faced each other in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, when a brace from Michal Helik secured the Tykes a 2-1 victory at Oakwell.
In terms of their last meeting at Huddersfield, that came in October 2019.
Christopher Schindler and Karlan Grant scored in a 2-1 win for the Terriers.