Cardiff City head into the new season looking to go a few better and reach the playoffs after finishing in eighth place last time out.
Cardiff's pre-season results were a mixed bag, with wins against Bath City, Forest Green and Newport County, a draw to Exeter City and losses to Cambridge United and Southampton.
Cardiff's key man Kieffer Moore is a doubt for the season opener as he returned to training this week after recovering from COVID-19.
The visitors will be without key centre-half Mads Andersen, with the Dane nursing a knee injury.
Cardiff City (3-4-3):
Smithies; Morrison, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Ralls, Pack, Bagan; Bacuna, Collins, Giles
Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Kitching; Brittain, Palmer, Styles, Odour; Woodrow, Morris, Frieser.
Ones to watch
Irish international Collins joined the Bluebirds in the summer on a free transfer after rejecting a new contract at Luton Town.
The 30-year-old has reached double figures in the Championship in his last two seasons, and will be looking to get off to a dream start at his new home in the first game of the campaign.
Once a highly rated youngster, Woodrow looks to have finally found his home in South Yorkshire.
The 26 year-old is into his fourth season as a Barnsley player, and he too has scored 10+ goals in his last two campaigns in the Championship. The former Fulham man has been rewarded with the Barnsley captaincy for the upcoming season by new manager Schopp.
This fixture last season saw Cardiff run out 3-0 winners in early November.
The reverse fixture saw the teams play out a 2-2 draw at Oakwell.
How to watch
The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday 7 August. It is not being televised live in the UK, but is available to watch on the EFL's digital iFollow platform for those outside of the UK.
What the managers have said
Mick McCarthy spoke to the press about his side's build-up to the new season. He said:
"Southampton was a bit of a rude awakening but that’s not a bad thing. Everyone thought ‘wow, that’s the standard of the Premier League’.
We beat Newport, in fairness we should be Newport at home. But they were all competitive."
Markus Schopp insists that he expects a tough test against his opponents. He said:
“We want to win every game, naturally. But the Championship is a tough league. On Saturday, Cardiff is a tough opponent, and we know their qualities and what they are all about. But we have a clear focus, we will go there full of confidence.
“They are a really clear team in terms of their identity. But it’s up to us to start the season well, with an attitude that I expect from my Barnsley team."