Dec 15, 2020 at 7.45pm UK
PrestonPreston North End
Mowatt (54'), Adeboyejo (80')
Styles (84'), L (90')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Maguire (2')
Browne (63'), Johnson (71')

Preview: Barnsley vs. Preston North End - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Championship clash between Barnsley and Preston North End, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Barnsley will be looking to secure their third win on the trot when they welcome Preston North End to Oakwell Stadium for Tuesday's Championship showdown.

Valerien Ismael's men enjoyed a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, whereas Preston were no match for Luton Town as they lost 3-0 last time out.

Match preview

Barnsley manager Ismael claimed that the Tykes' victory over Sheffield Wednesday was the perfect early Christmas present for the fans, who certainly have had plenty to cheer about since the 45-year-old's arrival.

Dominik Frieser and Cauley Woodrow got the goals as Barnsley moved further away from the dreaded dotted line with victory over a struggling Wednesday side on Saturday, and while the Tykes initially went behind to Josh Windass's fourth-minute goal, Barnsley turned up the heat to rise up the table in gameweek 18.

Ismael has now led his side to three wins from their last four in the second tier and Barnsley sit comfortably in 13th heading into the midweek round of fixtures - with a 12-point gap separating Ismael's side from the drop zone.

Barnsley are yet to share the spoils in a game since Ismael took charge for the first time, with Barnsley winning seven from 11 under the Frenchman, and the 13th-placed side can afford to feel optimistic about chalking up another triumph against an inconsistent Preston outfit.

Preston's three-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end against Luton, who stormed to a 3-0 win as Nathan Jones celebrated his 100th triumph in his 200th game at the helm.

James Collins netted a hat-trick as Preston were brought crashing back down to earth after a previous impressive set of results, with Alex Neil's men taking seven points from a possible nine before their loss to the Hatters.

Notching up goals at the correct end of the pitch has not been a problem for the Lilywhites - 25 strikes is the highest out of all the sides in the bottom half - but Preston have shipped a league-high 28 goals and must look to shore up their defence lest they risk being dragged closer to danger.

While Ismael is yet to take one point from a Barnsley game, Preston have only recorded two draws in their 18 Championship fixtures this term, so the recent history suggests that there will most certainly be a winner and a loser in this encounter.

Preston eased to two victories over Barnsley last season by an aggregate score of 8-1, and the Tykes have not beaten this weekend's visitors since the 2016-17 season.

Barnsley Championship form: LLWLWW

Preston North End Championship form: LLWDWL

Team News

Barnsley are rather fortunate on the injury front at the moment and may be able to welcome defender Jordan Williams back to the fold in the not-so-distant future, although Ismael has confirmed that Aapo Halme will be out for the rest of the year with a toe injury.

The Tykes' only two long-term concerns are Mike Bahre and Ben Williams, but Ismael still has plenty of players on the bench raring to go should he opt to freshen things up.

Herbie Kane and Romal Palmer are ready to be called upon if the hosts shuffle the pack in midfield, while Frieser's goal at the weekend should see him keep his spot in attack over Luke Thomas.

Preston are set to be without Ben Pearson for a lengthy period of time with an ankle problem, while Patrick Bauer, Louis Moult, and Billy Bodin remain in the medical room.

However, Paul Gallagher recovered from a hamstring issue in time to make the bench against Luton, while Daniel Johnson could be in line for a start after returning from suspension at the weekend.

Jayden Stockley has only managed a solitary goal in 12 Championship appearances this term and could find his spot under threat from Sean Maguire or Emil Riis here.

Barnsley possible starting lineup:
Walton; Sollbauer, Andersen, Helik; Brittain, Mowatt, Kane, Styles; Chaplin, Frieser; Woodrow

Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Rudd; Fisher, Storey, Davies, Hughes; Ledson, Browne; Barkhuizen, Johnson, Sinclair; Riis

We say: Barnsley 2-2 Preston North End

Preston fans have no reason to panic despite the manner of their crushing defeat to Luton, but they are now facing a Barnsley side who are only looking upwards with Ismael in control of the reins. The two sides are not renowned for one-pointers, but we are struggling to pick a winner and are ultimately backing a four-goal draw at Oakwell Stadium.

Top betting tip

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