Barnsley have experience a tough start to the 2019/20 Championship campaign under manager Daniel Stendel.
The Tykes, who were promoted from League One earlier this year alongside Charlton Athletic and Luton Town, are currently 21st in the second-tier standings following a slump in form.
Since beating Fulham on the opening day of the season, Barnsley have gone six games without a victory in all competitions and were notably poor during recent defeats to the Hatters and Birmingham City.
Whilst it would be naive to suggest that the Tykes should be panicking about the prospect of relegation, it is clear that they need to pick up a positive result sooner rather than later.
Therefore, Sunday’s Yorkshire derby against Leeds United represents the perfect opportunity for Stendel’s side to deliver a real statement of intent to the rest of the Championship.
Although Barnsley will be under no illusions about how difficult the game will be, they could benefit from targeting these two potential chinks in the Whites’ armour…
Leeds can be vulnerable on the counter-attack
With Leeds almost certain to dominate possession at Oakwell, Barnsley should turn their attentions to exploiting Marcelo Bielsa’s side’s vulnerability to the counter-attack.
Whilst the Whites have looked utterly superb at times this season, they do not like it when teams try to turn them around due to the fact that they have so many players occupying attacking positions.
If Barnsley can use the pace and guile of Mallik Wilks and Mamadou Thiam to their advantage, they will have every chance of taking the game to Leeds and thus delivering a performance that their supporters will be proud of.
The Whites’ full-backs are not natural defenders
With Bielsa currently using Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas on opposite sides of Leeds’ defence, Barnsley could try to exploit this duo at the weekend.
Whilst there is no doubting that both players possess a great deal of talent going forward due to the fact they usually operate in midfield, there are question marks over their defensive capabilities.
Therefore, if the Tykes are to secure a positive result on home turf, they should consider targeting Alioski and Dallas at every given opportunity as doing so could result in a great deal of success.