A stunning end to 2015/16 saw Barnsley clinch a Wembley double, defeating Oxford United in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and Millwall in the League One play-off final, having only just sneaked into the top six. The Tykes carried that winning momentum into the Championship, but the January departures of influential duo Conor Hourihane and Sam Winnall, to Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday respectively, has seen their form dip. Barnsley have won only one of their last 11 games.
Paul Heckingbottom took over the top job following Lee Johnson's switch to City. A product of Manchester United's Academy, the 39-year-old spent the majority of his playing career in the north of England, with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, Darlington and Barnsley. Initially in caretaker charge, he lost just three of 21 matches last season to land the job on a permanent basis.
Scott Duncan will be in charge of the match, assisted by Daniel Robathan and Robert Hyde. Kevin Johnson has been named as the fourth official.
The match is Silver category and is pay on the day for City fans.
LAST TIME OUT
Barnsley 2-2 Bristol City, October 29th 2016. Lee Johnson was denied a winning return to Oakwell by Adam Hammill's last-gasp equaliser. City trailed to Marley Watkins' first-half header, but Lee Tomlin drew the visitors level from the penalty spot before setting up Tammy Abraham to turn the game on its head with 14 minutes remaining. In the first minute of added time, Hammill cut inside from the left and curled a shot into the far corner to ensure a share of the spoils.
Sky Bet League One: 6th (won the play-offs)
FA Cup: First Round (Lost to Altrincham)
EFL Cup: Second Round (Lost to Everton)
DID YOU KNOW?
Barnsley's youngest-ever player Reuben Noble-Lazarus is also the Football League's youngest-ever. He was 15 years and 45 days old when he turned out against Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.
has installed City as odds-on favourites at 4/6, with Barnsley priced 19/5. The draw is 3/1.