Will Barnsley step up and play their part in this local derby?

Since returning to the Championship, Barnsley have not had the best of times against United, with close losses occurring at both Oakwell and Brammall Lane. In fact, you would have to go back nearly a decade to April 2001, for the last time the Reds recorded victory there.

On that occasion, Neil Shipperley and Martin Bullock recorded goals for Barnsley in yet another tight 1-2 game. The hapless keeper on that day was none other than current Reds coach Simon Tracey in the net for the opposition.

Last year, in another tense affair, there were three goals in the last ten minutes between the two sides with goals in the 82nd, 87th and 90th minute, with the latter being Bogy's consolidation goal for Barnsley. Over 27,000 attended on that occasion.

Overall in the league, the record states:

Sheffield United Wins (24) | Draws (18) | Barnsley Wins (13)

Generally, these games are never high scoring affairs. In fact, Barnsley have never recorded a victory margin greater that 0-2 at Brammall Lane and that was right back in September 1950.

United appear to be fairly firm at home also with only three losses to fate in the Championship this season, at the hands of Cardiff City, Newcastle United and Scunthorpe United.

Mark Robins appears to be down to the bare bones too, resigned to the outcome of a late fitness test to Daniel Bogdanovic ahead of the clash and Philipe Teixeira is a doubt.

Bobby Hassell has missed the last two matches and is still a doubt whilst full-back Rob Kozluk has only just returned to training following a knee injury so the game will come too soon for him.

Icelandic midfielder Emil Hallfredsson has a shoulder injury and faces a late fitness test also.

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