Written by billythekid
After our disappointing 2-3 home defeat against Preston N E on Tuesday night our side travel up to Yorkshire, this season so far it hasn’t been a happy hunting ground so far. This game is an early evening start at 5.30 pm on Friday, it is being shown live on Sky TV.
The Barnsley manager is Valérien Ismael from France, he joined them in October of this year. He said Barnsley play football the way he likes, high-pressing, intensity, vertical game. His previous club was LASK Linz in Austria. He took over from the Austrian Gerhard Struber who joined New York Red Bulls. In the Summer Barnsley signed seven players, plus one on loan.
Their home record so far this season, they started the season with a home defeat 0-1 against Luton Town. This was followed by two drawn games, first 0-0 against Coventry City and then 2-2 against Bristol City. Then Barnsley had their first win 3-0 against QPR, this was followed with two more wins 1-0 win against Watford and 2-0 against Nottingham Forest. In their last home game, they went down by the only goal of the game scored by Brentford. Their away record has seen a 0-2 at Derby County. Two draws, 2-2 at Stoke City and 1-1 in London against Millwall. They have lost 2-0 at Reading, 2-1 up in the North East against Middlesbrough. In Wales, they went down 3-0 at Cardiff City and 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers. Their latest game against Birmingham City finished with a win 1-2.
The last time our team travelled up to Yorkshire to play Barnsley was in the 2013-14 season in the Championship, Steve Cook’s injury-time winner and the only goal of the game to give the Cherries 3 points and the double over Barnsley. In the home game, AFCB also won 1-0 with the winning goal scored by Marc Pugh in the 76th minute.
In all our away league games against Barnsley, AFCB have W 4, D 5, L 11.
All competitions home and away, AFCB have W 13, D 13, L 16.
Barnsley v AFCB
Barnsley Team News
Their left-back Ben Williams has been out with a cruciate ligament injury. Mike Bähre in midfield out with ankle injury.
Barnsley Player To Watch
Cauley Woodrow their number 9, scored five goals this season, three of them at home. Also has three assists.
AFCB Team News
Jack Stacey could be out for up to two months with a knee ligament injury. Arnaut Danjuma didn’t feature in the squad for our game on Tuesday night, out with a slight hamstring strain. Hopefully, he will be available for the Barnsley game. Jefferson Lerma suspended after picking up a fifth yellow against Preston. Diego Rico on four yellows
AFCB Player To Watch
We have missed Arnaut Danjuma in our team, plus his goals and a constant danger down the wing.
…whoever AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall picks for this game they will need to be sharper than yesterday and be more positive from the off. Hopefully, we haven’t had any knocks from this game to reduce options any further? JT could shake it up a bit by starting the likes of Surridge, Gosling and Billing who should be fresher than some. Lewis Cook hopefully had no reactions from his injury, the problem could be whether to rest Jefferson Lerma (who has had a busy last few weeks)..Danjuma should probably get a place if okay…could also be that Steve Cook needs a one-game break?
I would go with :
Smith (although he has to start showing some form soon)
Mepham (needs game time to become more solid)
Kelly (better at CB, certainly quicker than Cook)
Rico (another like Smith who needs to get his form back)
L Cook (CM covering the back four?)
Gosling (Decent engine as they say)
Billing (time to come alive Phil)
Bench; Travers/Surridge/Riquelme/Simpson/Oboforh/S Cook/Stanislas/Anthony/Kilkenny/Zemura
Do wonder if we will see King popping up anytime soon?
Might be folly to rest two of our more robust players, but it could pay dividends for the next match? – Join the conversation, click here.