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The Barnsley XI that should start FA Cup clash with Portsmouth



Barnsley take a break from league action as they travel to Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

Things haven’t exactly gone to plan in the Championship so far this term with the Tykes currently sitting 22nd in the table and four points from safety.

That’s a real improvement on where they were earlier in the season, but they’ll certainly face a battle to avoid the drop between now and the end of the season.

Despite some recent positive form, Barnsley have suffered back-to-back defeat and face a tricky test as they face promotion-chasing Pompey on Saturday.

The South Coast side are sitting just outside the League One play-off spots and they’ll be hoping that a Championship scalp can help them maintain their push for promotion.

League form is undoubtedly the priority for Barnsley, but who will Gerhard Struber select for the clash at Fratton Park?

The Tykes could be tempted to make some changes for the clash with Portsmouth.

A 3-0 defeat against Preston on Tuesday will not have gone down well with supporters and Gerhard Struber will be determined to get back to winning ways.

Samuel Radlinger should retain his place in goal, while Ben Williams could return alongside Mads Andersen, Aapo Halme and Jordan Williams in defence.

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Kenneth Dougall has occupied the holding role in midfield of late and should keep his place, while Luke Thomas and Marcel Ritzmaier will play down the flanks.

Alex Mowatt has been one of Barnsley’s top performers this term so should be selected once again, while Cauley Woodrow may also return alongside Jacob Brown to continue the partnership that finished the clash at Oakwell midweek.

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