Barnsley vs Millwall preview: Hosts look to build on survival campaign against play-off hopefuls
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Barnsley will look to build on last weekend's impressive victory away to QPR when they host play- off pushing Milwall on Saturday.

A seventh minute strike by Elliot Simões sealed a 1-0 victory for the Tykes at Loftus Road in what was only his side's ninth league victory of the season, and it leaves them 23rd, only four points away from moving out of the relegation zone.

In comparison, Miilwall will be hoping to bounce back from their unideal first game back to the Championship since March,  as a hat trick by 18 year old midfielder Louie Sibley stole a 3-2 win for Derby County at the Den.

However with seven games remaining, Gary Rowett's team are still in a good position to challenge for a play- off spot come the end of the season, as they are currently sat in 11th place, only three points adrift of sixth placed Preston North End.

Barnsley's torrid form at Oakwell

Due to the Championship being played behind closed doors for the forseeable future, home advantage is now not as prominent. 

Despite this, going into the encounter Milwall will have confidence especially since knowing that their opponents have the second worst home form in the division, with only Hull City having performed worse on their own turf this campaign. 

Gerhard Struber's side have further only been able to record five wins at Oakwell so far this season with their last win here coming against Middlesborough on the 23rd February. 

In addition, the Tykes have only picked up 22 points from 19 games at home, after drawing five and losing seven with their worst defeat coming against Preston on the 21st January as they handed Barnsley an humiliating 3-0 loss.

Only two defeats in seven for Milwall

Even though last weekend's result was not the one that Rowett would have hoped for against a side that he had formerly managed, it was only his teams's second defeat in the last seven league games

The only defeat in that time before that fixture against Derby came in a 1-0 defeat away to Wigan Athletic on the 22nd February, with a Nathan Byrne goal in the 57th minute ensuring that all three points went to the Latics.

However within this time frame they have only managed to win twice, both of which came  on the road at Nottingham Forest and Preston.

Although what will give Barnsley hope of running away with all three points on Saturday is that recent form does not matter that much, due to the fact that before last weekend neither team had played any competitive football for over three months.

Team news

Ahead of Saturday's game, Barnsley only have one injury concern as last week's goalscorer against QPR Simões has a minor muscle injury meaning that he may be unavailable on Saturday.

However, this week the club announced that four of their players will depart upon the expiry of their contracts on the 30th June.

These players include goalkeeper Samuel Radlinger who has made 18 league appearances this season, midfielder Kenny Dougall who has played 12 Championship games this season, along with defender Dani Pinillos and forward Mamadou Thiam.

The latter two have failed to feature for Barnsley since Struber was appointed as their manager in November indicating that they are not a key part of his plans

Therefore, with their contracts expiring in four days time, it means  that tomorrow will be the last chance that these four players play for Barnsley, depending if Struber selects them into the matchday squad.

On the other hand, for Milwall centre back Shaun Hutchinson is a doubt going into the encounter while midfielder Ben Thompson and forward Aidan O'Brien remain out of action.

Key clash: 2016 League One Play- Off final

In May 2016, the two teams faced off with each other at Wembley in the League One Play- Off final.

Current Middlesborough stirker Ashley Fletcher gave Barnsley the lead after only 88 seconds and then Adam Hammil added a second just before the 20 minute mark with a sweetly hit strike from 25 yards.

11 minutes before the interval, Mark Beevers halved the deficit from close range but with 16 minutes remaining, a mistake by goalkeeper Jordan Archer allowed Llyoyd Isgrove to grab the winner and consequently seal promotion to the Championship for the 2016/17 campaign.

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