West Ham v Barnsley preview
West Ham will be hoping their good record against Barnsley comes to the fore in their FA Cup encounter.
Last Updated: 07/01/11 7:19pm
West Ham United will be hoping their good record against Barnsley comes to the fore in their FA Cup third round encounter.
West Ham have traditionally fared poorly at Upton Park in the FA Cup, with just one win in their last five ties.
But their last victory ironically came against Barnsley and the Hammers have won their last three against the Tykes.
Barnsley, who have kept just one clean sheet all season, have not exactly set the Championship alight and they look set for a tough test in East London this weekend.
West Ham boss Avram Grant is under serious pressure ahead of this weekend's game and has several injury concerns ahead of Barnsley's visit, especially in defence.
Herita Ilunga, Manuel Da Costa (both ankle) and Lars Jacobsen (heel) are all absent, while Benni McCarthy (calf) and Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) are also on the treatment table.
Barnsley's on-loan defender Matt Hill has been given permission to play in the FA Cup clash at West Ham.
The Tykes have received confirmation from Hill's parent club Wolves and the left-back will retain his place in Mark Robins' starting line-up.
Robins has no new injury or suspension problems for the third-round tie and is not expected to make too many changes following Monday's 2-1 home win over Coventry.
Striker Garry O'Connor returned to the side against Coventry following his permanent move from Birmingham and he is expected to start again with Andy Gray on the bench.
Winger Adam Hammill shook off a knock to play the full 90 minutes on Monday and will continue, while Jacob Butterfield, Jim O'Brien and Hugo Colace are all pushing for first-team recalls.