Barnsley took a point in a 1:1 game at home against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday afternoon. They have conceded after sixteenth minute thanks to a goal from Windass, but luckily for them – managed to reply in the next minute with a goal from Woodrow.
The team actually continued being better in the first halftime and missed a couple of good chances, while the game looked less and less interesting during the second halftime with neither of the teams actually creating enough in order to change the scoreline.
At least for them, the positive thing is that they have broken the negative run of four official losses, including three defeats in Championship. They are now second from the bottom having a point more than rock-bottom side Luton but remain eight points below safely placed Charlton.
Barnsley should continue in a 4-3-1-2 style with Chaplin and Brown as forwards. Goalkeeper Sahin-Radlinger (18/0) is out injured, as well as midfielder Ritzmaier (3/0).
Birmingham looked really well in a 1:3 victory last Friday night away to Bristol City. Event hough they stood behind in the scoreline already in the first minute and opened the game in the worst possible way, they managed to show great fighting spirit in the continuation.
The side managed to revert the scoreline already before the halftime whistle, thanks to a goal from Hogan and an own goal, presenting themselves as a much more concrete side that looked pretty creative back then. It was the home side that tried to react in the second and had much more of the ball possession, however, real chances were missing.
Just when they risked the most, Birmingham scored their third goal – in the first minute of added time via Jutkiewicz.
Birmingham is now undefeated in the last eight official matches, counting five games with no loss in the Championship too. Additionally, they are undefeated in the last four matches away from home.
The guests are set to play in a 4-4-2 formation with Hogan and Jutkiewicz most likely as forwards. Midfielder McEachran (8/0) is injured, same as offensive midfielders Maghoma (18/1), Crowley (24/0) and forward Mrabti (14/2).
Birmingham is undefeated in their last 5 matches (Championship).
Birmingham plays really well on the road and a confirmation of it came last Friday night. Obviously that the lack of pressure away from their own fans makes them feel far more relaxed and it is shown in their results.
Barnsley is struggling at the moment and it will be really difficult for them to mask all the defensive weaknesses they have.