Barnsley vs Coventry preview: How to watch, kick off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Despite reaching the EFL cup third round, Barnsley's dreams of a fairytale cup run were dashed by Chelsea on Wednesday night. Despite matching the Premier League outfit for the first 20 minutes, the Yorkshire outfit were punished repeatedly for individual mistakes, eventually succumbing 6-0. However, the Reds have a strong recent home league record, keeping a clean sheet in five of their last seven home ties. 

Coventry City have coped remarkably well after being forced to play away from their home ground. Their promotion to the Championship has already seen them victorious, a 3-2 victory against QPR. Mark Robins has also enjoyed wins in four of his ten managerial games against the hosts, drawing two and losing four.

Ones to watch

If Barnsley are to record their first goal of the campaign, it could well come from new signing Dominic Frieser. The Austrian has a habit of striking early, with three of his last four league goals coming before half time. 

Coventry's star striker Matt Godden has enjoyed an exceptional recent run, returning in seven of his previous eight league appearances.  The Sky Blues also boast a strong recent away record, unbeaten in eight of their last nine away fixtures.

Team News

After being sent off in Barnsley's 2-0 loss to Reading, Mads Andersen will be missing through suspension. Ben Williams suffered a pre-season ACL injury, and will be out for a considerable period. 

For Coventry, skipper Liam Kelly is still out with a hamstring issue, and Will Bapaga has a dislocated shoulder. New signing Julien Dacosta has had ankle ligament surgery, so will not feature. 

Predicted lineups:

Barnsley (3-4-1-2): Walton, Sollbauer, Halme, Williams, Styles, Ritzmaier, Mowatt, Ludewig, Thomas, Chaplin, Woodrow. 

Coventry (3-4-3): Marosi, Ostigard, McFadzean, Hyam, Dabo, Hamer, Shipley, Giles, Allen, Godden, O'Hare. 

Managers' Comments:

Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber suggested his side have learnt lessons from the loss in midweek, and are ready to face the Sky Blues: 

“We must have the right tactical plan at Oakwell. We have to go to our border, aim for our personal limit and we can compete with any team in the Championship."

Coventry boss Mark Robins was full of praise for his side, following their victory over QPR:

"They are a good team and we are still learning about Championship football; there's a lot of new players who've not played at the level before. But they are good, better than they think and that'll give them confidence going into the next run of games."

How to watch:

The only way to watch the match is to purchase an "iFollow" match pass from either club's website. The game kicks off at 3pm on Sat 26th September. 

 

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