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In Focus: Barnsley

16 November 2017

Norwich City resume their Sky Bet Championship schedule this weekend after the third international break of the season when they take on Barnsley at Carrow Road (3pm).

The two sides go into the match in differing form with the Canaries looking for their first win in four games and the visitors aiming for their third successive victory.

Here’s what City can expect from their opponents on Saturday:

Key players
Barnsley’s most in-form player at the moment is 19-year-old midfielder Harvey Barnes (pictured).

A member of the England U20 side which won the Toulon Tournament in the summer and winner of the golden boot in the same competition, he joined the Tykes on loan from Leicester City in the summer.

After impressing in League One with Milton Keynes Dons last season, he earned the chance to shine at the next level and, so far, Barnes has grasped his opportunity, scoring four and assisting four in the 14 games he’s played in all competitions.

Top scorer Tom Bradshaw is Barnsley’s main goal threat. Signed from Walsall in the summer of 2016, the 25-year-old has eight goals to his name is all competitions so far.

At the heart of their defence, Barnsley have a wealth of options with Liam Lindsay, Matty Pearson and captain Angus MacDonald all capable of putting in a big performance when required.

Form guide
Barnsley achieved an admirable finish of 14th in the Championship last season after clinching promotion from League One the year before.

After an up and down start to this season, Paul Heckingbottom’s men have only lost one of their last six matches, winning their last two to move them up to 15th in the table.

The first of those two victories came at the Pirelli Stadium in a six-goal thriller with Burton Albion. Barnsley twice took the lead through Lloyd Isgrove and Brad Potts but were twice pegged back by Matthew Lund and Lloyd Dyer.

However, two goals in the final 20 minutes from Joe Williams and Harvey Barnes saw the three points head back to Oakwell.

Barnsley continued their run last time out against Birmingham City when goals from Tom Bradshaw and Zeki Fryers (pictured) fired them to victory.

Previous meeting
City met Barnsley towards the end of last season at Carrow Road, looking to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs. Whereas, Barnsley look destined for a mid-table finish with nine games of the season left to play.

City took the lead just before half-time. The Barnsley defence switched off as Cameron Jerome chased a hopeful punt forward and the striker had time to pick out an unmarked Jacob Murphy, who drilled a low shot into corner of the net from some 10 yards out.

City’s sealed the points in the second half when keeper Adam Davies blocked a Murphy shot, only for the ball to deflect off defender Angus MacDonald and roll into the net.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Adam Davies, Nick Townsend
Defenders: Jason McCarthy, Angus MacDonald, Liam Lindsay, Andy Yiadom, Adam Jackson, Ethan Pinnock, Matty Pearson, Dimitri Cavare, Zeki Fryers
Midfielders: Joe Williams, Adam Hammill, Cameron McGeehan, George Moncur, Harvey Barnes, Brad Potts, Stevie Mallan, Alex Mowatt, Lloyd Isgrove, Gary Gardner, Ryan Hedges
Forwards: Tom Bradshaw, Mamadou Thiam, Jacob Brown, Ike Ugbo

Coral are offering odds of 8/11 for City to beat Barnsley this Saturday. Click HERE to make your bet.

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