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Barnsley vs. Leicester City



3 p.m

Preview: Barnsley vs Leicester

Leicester go in search of back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they visit Barnsley's Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side claimed a much-needed three points last weekend with a tight victory over Preston at the Walkers, and go in hunt of another victory at a ground they have had significant success at over the years.

Prior to last season when the Tykes edged a dreadful contest in the same fixture, Leicester had claimed eight successive victories over the Yorkshire outfit without conceding once.

They have lost just on just one of their previous eight visits to Oakwell, a record Mark Robins' side will be looking to alter for the better when Eriksson's team arrive.

Barnsley have faltered after a promising start to the season, winning only once in their last eight Championship fixtures to take their place just a point ahead of the Foxes.

Robins' ill-fortune has mainly found its source in front of goal, highlighted by his sides' inability to kill of Hull last weekend.

Hugo Colace's goal proved decisive when the two sides met at Oakwell last season, and the Argentine striker will be looking to open his account for the season at the expense of the Foxes once again.

Vital Quotes:

Barnsley defender Steven Foster: 'We need to have more of a cutting edge. In spells we played some good football against Hull, but we need a final product to the good football we play.

'It's something we're working on, but it was two points dropped on Saturday. We were the better team during the course of the game.'

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson: 'Every time you win a cup or a league somewhere it is great, it is like a drug.

'You want to experience that again and again, and, when you are out of the game, you miss it very much. Now I am at Leicester City and, while I know it is a very big job, I know we can be successful.'

Barnsley Team News:

Barnsley could be without pair Matt Hill and Chris Wood for the clash.

Defender Hill has returned to Wolves for treatment on an injured foot, while Wood also looks set to be sidelined with a knee injury.

Chris Potter is expected to fill in at left back in place of Hill.

Player to watch: Adam Hammill

In another low-key season for the Tykes it has been midfielder Hammill who has stood above the rest with his eye-catching attacking displays.

With five goals to his name already, including the opener in last weekend's battle with Hull, the former Liverpool trainee will be keen to add to his tally when Leicester visit.

Leicester City Team News:

City's only injury concern is goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is struggling with a shoulder injury picked up in training on Thursday.

Curtis Davies has recovered from a hamstring to take his place in the first team, while Paul Gallagher looks to have shrugged off his knee injury picked up in last weekend's win.

Darius Vassell could make an appearance at Oakwell, but is not yet ready to play a full 90 minutes.

Player to watch: Lloyd Dyer

The winger missed last weekend's fixture through injury, but looks set to take up his place in the first team once again.

As one of the only useful performers under the ill-fated Paulo Sousa era, Dyer has delighted the Blue Army with a series of exciting performances down the wing this campaign.

Under new management now however, Dyer could do with another to bolster his rank in the Eriksson pecking order.

Match Facts & Stats

- Barnsley have scored in every single one of their home matches this season.

- The Tykes have conceded more goals than any other side in the last 15 minutes of matches - 9.

- Leicester have shipped a sorry 20 goals away from home so far this season.

- And the Foxes need just one more league defeat to reach their 800th in the second tier.

Ref Watch:

Neil Swarbrick

Match Prediction:

We do enjoy a trip to Oakwell. Barnsley 0-1 Leicester.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 13th November:

Derby (H)

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Date:Friday November 5 2010

Time: 4:20PM


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