Preview: Barnsley v Leeds United

Preview: Barnsley v Leeds United

We analyse Sunday's clash.

Leeds United visit Oakwell on Sunday, coming up against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley. This is the first game back after the international break and the Whites will be looking to bounce back from a first defeat of the season, which came against Swansea City. Opponents Barnsley are just outside the relegation zone sitting on just five points, following an inconsistent start to their campaign.

 

Manager/head coach

Barnsley: Daniel Stendel

Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa

 

League position

Barnsley: 21st

Leeds United: 3rd

 

Form

Barnsley: LDLLD

Leeds United: WWWDL

 

Top scorer

Barnsley: Conor Chaplin, Malik Wilks, Luke Thomas, Cauley Woodrow (1)

Leeds United: Patrick Bamford (4)

 

Head to head

Barnsley: 20

Draws: 17

Leeds United wins: 25


Last time at Oakwell

Barnsley 0 Leeds United 2 (Saiz 23, Alioski 45) - Saturday 25th November 2017 (Sky Bet Championship)

 

Team news

Bielsa has confirmed Tyler Roberts could be involved for the first time following injury, but the game comes too soon for Luke Ayling, who will return to Under-23s football next week.  Jordan Stevens is banned. Barnsley have Alex Mowatt, Cauley Woodrow and Jacob Brown back in the squad as they all return from injury. However they will be without left-back Ben Williams, who is suspended after his sending-off against Wigan Athletic. 

 

The key battle

Liam Cooper v Malik Wilks

Fresh from signing his new five year contract, Leeds United captain Liam Cooper will be looking to stop former Leeds forward Malik Wilks from getting on the score sheet. Wilks has scored one goal this season for the Tykes and has featured in all six Barnsley games so far. Cooper has made a strong start to the season and earned his first caps for Scotland last week.

 

Latest odds

Barnsley: 4/1

Draw: 10/3

Leeds United: 1/2 (Odds correct at time of article published)

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