This is a game featuring two sides both on a downward slope and for that reason, both managers will see it as a must-win fixture. Having started the season well, Barnsley are on a real downer and Mark Robins will be hoping that his side can bounce back from recent poor form and improve on their position of 17th. Hull meanwhile have been relatively poor all season and Nigel Pearson must be wondering just what he has to do to lift his Tigers side from 19th place.
Barnsley are a side always tipped for the drop, probably due to the small budget the Yorkshire club operate under. That meant that when Mark Robins’ men enjoyed a start that saw them hover around the top six for a few weeks there were many surprised faces. However, things have completely tailed off in recent weeks and Tykes fans are becoming increasingly concerned about their club’s form. They’ve recorded just the one victory out of their last seven although the biggest worry will be the away form – with Barnsley failing to win on the road since February this year. That has meant a huge pressure on them to perform at home, and that’s never a recipe for success. Mark Robins has attempted to freshen things up by bringing Paul Hayes back to the club this week and while Hayes mainly enjoyed success with the club in League One a few years ago, they’ll be hoping that he’ll be able to net the goals required to climb up the table again.
Hull meanwhile have been poor throughout the campaign and the Tigers are on a run of form that matches Barnsley at the moment. With just one win from their last seven as well, it does not seem like Nigel Pearson’s men will be making a quick return to the Premiership. They currently sit in 19th position with just thirteen points so far and there appear to be problems both on and off the field. There has been some good news in regard to takeover talks at the KC Stadium this week, but you’d have to think that Hull need big changes if they are to turn their season around.
There’s not much team news to report for Barnsley who are almost certain to hand Paul Hayes a start following his return to the club. However, Bobby Hassell will not be featuring as he is kept out with a groin problem. Hull on the other hand will be missing two key players as Jimmy Bullard is kept out through injury while suspension means defender Daniel Ayala won’t be featuring. However, Nigel Pearson managed to complete the signing of Liam Rosenior on Friday and the former Fulham man could start.
The majority of Barnsley’s points have come at home and with Hull not having the best record on the road, we’ll tip a Tykes victory here. This game is live on television but we don’t expect a great game for the neutral, with Barnsley just edging it 1-0.