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PREVIEW ~ Fulham visit Barnsley~ Cham MD36 ~ 21/22

last updated Friday 11th March 2022, 2:10 PM

Match Preview

Barnsley versus Fulham

Championship Match Day 36 21/22 at Oakwell Stadium

Saturday 12th March 2022     KO: 12:30

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Live on Sky

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
Marco Silva
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Barnsley coach Poya Asbaghi
Barnsley coach
Poya Asbaghi
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Championship Leaders Fulham square off against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon knowing that another victory will put them into territory where they can start thinking about securing promotion back to the Premier League.

At a time when the visitors sit 14 points clear at the top of the Championship standings, Barnsley are in 23rd position, five points adrift of safety.

In their last game, up until the sending off of Ryan Manning, Fulham were being made to work by opponents Swansea City, but Marco Silva's side soon showed their ruthless streak after the break.

The Cottagers netted five times - the latter two strikes coming from Welshman Neco Williams - as they recorded a 5-1 victory, their fourth victory in succession.

Now with a 14-point lead, Bournemouth's two games in hand on Fulham have almost been rendered irrelevant, and Silva knows that 16 points from their final 10 matches will secure a place in the Premier League for next season.

Right now, it is important that complacency does not become a factor, but Silva may stress to his players that they will be on the brink of achieving their target before the international break if they can defeat the Tykes and West Bromwich Albion.

As well as boasting 89 goals from just 36 outings, Fulham now also possess the joint-best defensive record in the division having conceded just twice in their last four matches.

From Barnsley's perspective, there will no longer be any fear when it comes to facing Fulham now that they have put together their best run of form all season.

Nevertheless, conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Stoke City in midweek has dented their survival bid, Poya Asbaghi's side still five points adrift of Reading.

With 11 matches remaining, however, anything feels possible for a team who have collected 10 points from six matches, nearly half of their total for the entire campaign.

Domingos Quina, so often a backup player during his time in English football, has made a positive impact since his January arrival, and Asbaghi will feel that his side have every chance of remaining in the second tier providing that the Portuguese continues to impress.

Head to Head

  • Fulham’s last away league visit to Barnsley ended in a 1-0 defeat on the opening day of the 2019-20 campaign. They had won their previous two at Oakwell in 2016-17 (4-2) and 2017-18 (3-1).

  • Barnsley have lost five of their last seven league matches against Fulham (W2), losing 4-1 earlier this campaign.
  • Fulham have won their last three away league matches played on Saturdays – the Cottagers last had a four-game away winning run on that day of the week back in September/October 1996 in the fourth tier under Micky Adams.

  • Fulham’s Harry Wilson has scored in his two previous Championship appearances against Barnsley, also providing an assist in the Cottagers’ 4-1 win earlier this season.
  • Barnsley are unbeaten in their last three league games at Oakwell (W2 D1), picking up as many points as they did in their previous 13 games there (W1 D4 L8).

Source Darren Plant at SportsMole/SkySports
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