Barnsley v Portsmouth preview

Team news for the Championship game between Barnsley and Portsmouth at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

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Barnsley manager Mark Robins is expected to name the same starting line-up when his side take on Portsmouth at Oakwell.

The Tykes secured back-to-back away wins with victory at Ipswich last weekend, and after describing his side's 3-1 win as the best display since he arrived at the club, Robins is unlikely to make any changes.

On-loan Birmingham striker Garry O'Connor scored his second goal in as many matches since returning for a second loan spell with Barnsley and is likely to lead the line again.

Robins, who has no new injury or suspension problems, could be tempted to start with two strikers on home soil, meaning a recall for Paul Hayes, Andy Gray or Chris Wood, but midfielder Jacob Butterfield may have to settle for a place on the bench again.

Liam Lawrence returns from suspension for Portsmouth's trip to Barnsley.

The on-loan Stoke winger has served a one-match ban following his red card in the recent 1-1 draw against QPR.

But Pompey will be without defender Carl Dickinson, who begins a three-game suspension after he was sent off against Doncaster on Saturday.

Dickinson's absence could pave the way for Hermann Hreidarsson to start his first match of the season.

The veteran Iceland international has only made two brief substitute appearances since recovering from a career-threatening Achilles injury but is the only recognised left-back available.

Fellow defender Greg Halford will be involved after extending his loan spell from Wolves for a second month.

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