Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday preview
Last Updated: 09/02/18 10:59pm
Barnsley caretaker boss Paul Harsley must decide whether to hand Oli McBurnie and Connor Mahoney their full debuts at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (kick-off 12.15pm).
Harsley, placed in temporary charge following Paul Heckingbottom's departure to Leeds, has no new major injury concerns. Centre-half Matt Mills made his debut in last week's defeat at QPR and should continue, while Harsley must also decide whether to keep Nick Townsend in goal or recall Adam Davies.
Winger Lloyd Isgrove is edging closer to a return after injury, but remains doubtful, while defenders Zeki Fryers and Adam Jackson are still unavailable.
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Sheffield Wednesday's injury crisis shows no sign of easing as they chase their first league win in seven matches. Marco Matias' red card in last week's home defeat to Birmingham has been rescinded, but the forward sustained an injury in training on Sunday and is out.
Daniel Pudil is banned after his dismissal against Birmingham, Steven Fletcher has learned his season is over due to a knee injury and Joost van Aken (hamstring) has had a further setback. Jacob Butterfield and Glenn Loovens are doubtful after both missed training this week through illness, while Tom Lees, Keiren Westwood, Gary Hooper, Almen Abdi, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri are all still out.
Barnsley are winless in nine league matches against Sheffield Wednesday (D4 L5).
The Owls have only lost one of their last nine league visits to Oakwell (W3 D5), a 2-1 defeat in October 2008.
The Tykes are winless in six Yorkshire derbies in the league (D3 L3) since beating Rotherham in January 2017, and have lost both at Oakwell this season without scoring (0-1 v Hull and 0-2 v Leeds).
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Wednesday have drawn their last three away matches in all competitions goalless; the last - and only other - second tier side to do this in four consecutive away matches were Grimsby Town in May 1963.
Adam Hammill is the only player in the Championship this season to have registered double figures for shots on target (13) yet to score a goal.
Atdhe Nuhiu has had a hand in five of the six goals Wednesday have scored in all competitions under Jos Luhukay (three goals, two assists).