Date: Tuesday 27th September 2016
Referee: James Adcock
Barnsley: L W W W L
Aston Villa: L D D D D
Last time the two teams met: 0-1 – 11th March 1998 (Villa Park)
A seventeenth minute strike from Ashley Ward condemned the Villans to defeat and sealed only one of only three away victories for the Tykes.
After Saturday’s late fightback, Di Matteo’s men will go in search of their first away win in twenty-four league games. The team’s performance in the last twenty minutes of the draw against Newcastle United should give the players a much needed confidence boost as they take on another of the early pace setters in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Villans turned their early season curse of conceding late on and dropping points on its head, as they stole a point from the division’s promotion favourites.
That draw was Aston Villa’s sixth of the season and Di Matteo’s men will need to use all of the confidence built in the latter stages of Saturday’s game to finally turn some good performances into three points.
The Tykes have had a good start to the season after winning promotion via the play-offs last season. Paul Heckingbottom has done a remarkable job in West Yorkshire and they will not be fazed when the Villans arrive at Oakwell tomorrow night.
Unlike the Villans, the Tykes have yet to draw a game all season and have won three of their opening four home games. They currently sit ten places above the Villans in seventh.
Albert Adomah made his home debut in the draw against Newcastle and didn’t look impressive in the slightest. Di Matteo must decide whether to persist with the winger or replace him with top scorer, Rudy Gestede.
Saturday’s goal-scorer, Aaron Tshibola, impressed when he came on at half time on Saturday and looks nailed on to start.
Ross McCormack could be back in contention, although Ritchie De Laet (knee) is out for the season.
Jack Grealish will be available for selection after an internal investigation into his twenty-first birthday celebrations following the Ipswich Town game ended with the midfielder being fined by the club.
The hosts will be without Saidy Janko, on loan from Celtic, who is suffering with a thigh injury.
Aidy White is also set to miss out due to a hamstring injury.
One to watch:
Hourihane (pictured) was the Sky Bet Championship player of the month for August after he scored twice and set up three goals in his first month in the second division. Hourihane is known for his ability to pick out a wonderful final ball and for his ability to drive into the box, similar to Frank Lampard. The Villans have even been linked with a swoop for Hourihane in the January transfer window.