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Preview: Barnsley vs Leicester

Barnsley
vs.
Leicester City

Oakwell

26/01/10

7.45 p.m.

Leicester head to Oakwell later this evening, hoping to put behind the disappointment of Saturday's late FA Cup exit at Cardiff.

The Foxes succumbed to defeat in Wales at the weekend, while Barnsley have not played since their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday ten days ago.

Leicester have enjoyed huge success against the Tykes in recent seasons, winning the last seven meetings between the two sides, keeping clean sheets in all.

Barnsley have endured a largely disappointing season in the Championship this year under the stewardship of former-City man Mark Robins, and currently lie 16th in the table.

The Tykes have picked up just the one win in their last six league matches, while Leicester have lost their last three away matches.

Leicester ran out 1-0 winners when the two sides met earlier in the season, Matty Fryatt's second half goal proving decisive on the day.

Vital Quotes:

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: 'We've not been as good as we should've been of late. We've had a reasonable season so far, I do think we've got more in us and I think we're capable of pushing on from here.'

Barnsley Team News:

Mark Robins is still without the services of Bobby Hassell, but has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

Player to watch: Iain Hume

Leicester fans know all about Hume from his successful spell at the Walkers, where he gained cult hero status for his notorious work rate.

The crowd favourite has not long returned from the horrific head injury received last season, and is sure to receive a warm welcome from the away following.

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester also have a relatively clean bill of health, with no new injury concerns.

Nigel Pearson could make changes from the FA Cup defeat at Cardiff, with Matty Fryatt likely to return to the fold after illness.

Player to watch: Dany N'Guessan

The man signed from Lincoln in the summer has a point to prove after struggling to hold down a first team place so far this season.

When called upon N'Guessan has delivered the goods for City this season, finding the net five times, predominantly as an impact substitute.

A goal from a rare start on Saturday should see the Frenchman keep his place in the Leicester side this evening, with City fans anticipating more from their wing man.

Match Facts & Stats

- Barnsley have not beaten City since 1994.

- And the Tykes are yet to win in 2010.

- Barnsley have, however, shown great resilience to win from losing positions on four occasions this season.

- Leicester's stuttering away record has not seen them win on the road since October.

- Matty Fryatt is just one goal away from hitting 50 for the club.

Match Prediction:

Despite our poor away record I think we can pull this one off. Barnsley 0-1 Leicester.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 30th January

Barnsley: Reading (A)

Leicester: Newcastle (H)


Writer:JBFox
Date:Tuesday January 26 2010
Time: 5:05PM

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