Barnsley vs Fulham by Luke
It looks like the international break came in the right momentum for Barnsley, since the team entered really ugly period before it and there were a lot of things to change in their approach in order to start getting the correct results again. After a decent start of the season, they ended up with four matches without a victory, a draw and three defeats, which saw them slipping down the table and below the play-off zone they were in.
Currently, they are at tenth position with eighteen points taken out of eleven matches, which is just two points less than play-off placed Birmingham. In the most recent game they played, the team suffered 2:1 defeat away from home against Leeds United two weeks ago, without being to create a lot of chances in front of the opponents goal. They stood like a more mature side on the field and overall impression is that the team controlled the ball more, however players of Leeds were those who were more efficient and celebrated the victory thanks to goals from Bartley in 36th and Hernandez in 54th minute.
All the visitors were able is to reduce the deficit via an own goal in 70th minute, however without getting back completely into the match. Coming back to home matches, the team wants to get back to the winning ways, since they didn't win in previous two home clashes, even though they had first three victories in front of own fans. Home side will be playing in 4-4-2 formation with Amrstrong and Winnall in attack. They will miss midfielders Sessi D'Almeida (3/0) and Saidy Janko (2/1). Doubtful is midfielder James Bree.
Similar could be said for Fulham, since the team had a really good start in the season, but somehow they lost the ground in last month or so. Things were looking really fine for them at the starts, since the team had undefeated streak in Championship and even excluded Middlesbrough from the Cup competition, but then everything went south for them since the start of September.
They are without a victory in last six official matches, five in Championship and the team slipped down the table to fourteenth position at the moment, which is six points below the play-off zone, but also six points above the relegation zone they were close to, in previous season. In the most recent game, the team lost to QPR 1:2 in front of own fans, adding their second defeat in five winless matches (three others were logically draws). However, it must be said that the team doesn't perform as bad as the results are saying, especially not in the game against QPR, but the team really had bad luck during the ninety minutes, missing two penalties for example, overall being surely at least slightly better and deserving more than just a simple defeat.
Fulham is set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Martin as striker, plus Cairney, Aluko and Piazon as offensive midfielders. Defensive midfielder Kevin McDonald (9/1) is suspended, while doubtful is attacking midfielder Floyd Ayite and defensive Tomas Kalas.
Barnsley is playing much more attacking football when welcoming other teams and that's exactly what I expected from them to do this time as well. Fulham isn't getting the right scores at the moment, but the team has quite a potential and surely deserve at least a bit better position at the rankings. I see the visiting team being also able to respond here and to fight well in overall very interesting match with quite a number of goals.