Barnsley v Burnley preview

Team news for the Championship clash between Barnsley and Burnley at Oakwell on Boxing Day.

Last Updated: 24/12/10 at 08:11

Hill: Hoping to feature for Tykes

Hill: Hoping to feature for Tykes

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Barnsley defender Matt Hill is hoping to feature at some stage in the game.

Hill, on loan from Wolves, has made only two appearances for the Tykes and has not played since breaking a bone in his foot in October.

Striker Garry O'Connor will not be registered to play in time for Boxing Day, December 28 or the New Year's Day clash at Nottingham Forest after turning his loan from Birmingham into a permanent move.

Andy Gray is expected to make the starting line-up against Burnley, but O'Connor will be available for the home game with Coventry on January 3.

Mark Robins has no new injury or suspension problems, but there will be no place in the squad either for injured defenders Jay McEveley and Luke Potter (both knee).

Burnley boss Brian Laws could be boosted by the return of winger Chris Eagles for the trip.

Eagles has missed the last two games with a back problem but looks set to feature.

Striker Martin Paterson could also be set for a return as he bids to shake off a troublesome thigh problem which has kept him out for four games.

Left-back Danny Fox is working his way back to fitness after an ankle injury which has also sidelined him for four games.

Yet Brian Easton has proved a capable deputy in Fox's absence and goalkeeper Brian Jensen, who this week handed in a transfer request, is again poised to play understudy to Lee Grant.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:15
Ipswich v Norwich  
15:00
Blackburn v Bournemth  
Brentford v Birmingham  
Brighton v Bolton  
Derby v Fulham  
Huddersfld v Charlton  
M'boro v Sheff Wed  
Millwall v Rotherham  
N Forest v Reading  
Watford v Leeds  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 3 3 7
2 Cardiff 3 3 7
3 Millwall 3 3 7
4 Charlton 3 2 7
5 Bournemth 3 4 6
6 Norwich 3 4 6
7 Watford 3 2 6
8 M'boro 3 2 6
9 Wolves 3 1 6
10 Sheff Wed 3 1 5
11 Ipswich 3 0 4
12 Reading 3 0 4
13 Brentford 3 0 4
14 Derby 3 0 4
15 Blackburn 3 -1 4
16 Birmingham 3 -1 4
17 Brighton 3 0 3
18 Rotherham 3 -2 3
19 Leeds 3 -3 3
20 Huddersfld 3 -5 3
21 Wigan 3 -2 1
22 Bolton 3 -4 1
23 Fulham 3 -3 0
24 Blackpool 3 -4 0

Updated Thu, 21 Aug 2014

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