Coming off the back of arguably our easiest game we have ever played which ended in an 8-0 victory (don’t think I’ll ever get tired of saying that) we are now looking at our toughest test of the season so far as Barnsley visit The Valley for the 3 o’clock kick off on Saturday afternoon.
Let’s check out some facts about Barnsley.
Top scorer-Kieffer Moore(6)
Former player Rueben Noble-Lazarus is the youngest player to feature in a football league game at the age of 15 years and 45 days. In 1912 Barnsley won the FA Cup for the first and only time in their history, West Brom were the opponents as they played at Crystal Palace Park but it ended in a 0-0 draw which meant they had to play a replay at Bramall Lane. In that game, Barnsley scored a late winner to win 1-0 and take the cup to South Yorkshire.
Let’s take a look at the team news and we start with Barnsley, they seem to be having an influx of injuries as Cauley Woodrow and Kieffer Moore are doubts for Saturday, meanwhile, Zeki Fryers, Lloyd Isgrove and Daniel Pinillos are all out injured.
Moving on to Charlton, no new injury threats thank god, it’s all still the same although Patrick Bauer is now walking without crutches so hopefully he will be back in the next couple of months. Billy Clarke is edging ever closer to his long-awaited return to The Valley, whilst Jake Forster-Caskey is recovering well and fingers crossed he will be able to play at least a couple games this season. Lewis Page is also out after tearing a flexor muscle in his hip on the road against Scunthorpe.
The memorable game is a no-brainer. Back when Chris Powell was in-charge we played Barnsley at Oakwell on the 13th of April 2013 six players scored the six goals and those players include Bradley Pritchard, Johnnie Jackson, Yann Kermorgant, Callum Harriott, Salim Kerkar and Ricardo Fuller.
Charlton and Barnsley have played each other a total of 48 times with The Addicks winning 18 and The Tykes winning 16 as 14 have ended in stalemates. The first time we played each other was in 1929 which ended in a 2-0 win to Barnsley.
For my prediction I’m going to go for a 2-2 draw, it’s going to be a very hard game and hopefully, we can get the better of them but they are a strong side and I can only see us getting a draw from this one.
Follow me and Vital Charlton on Twitter/ Instagram/ Facebook