Owls Vs Tykes: Team news and preview
Sheffield Wednesday welcome near neighbours Barnsley to Hillsborough on Saturday as they look to start a league season with two wins for the first time since the 1990's. Lee Bullen's side enjoyed a 3-1 win at Reading on the opening day of the season last weekend and Wednesday have a good home record against Barnsley.
Lucas Joao sealed the win at Reading with an injury time goal but has since moved on to join the Royals. Wednesday will also be without Keiren Westwood as the keeper serves a one-match ban following his red card last weekend, Cameron Dawson is expected to replace him. Dominic Iorfa is also unavailable as he completes a 3-match suspension carried over from last season.
Deadline day signings, defender David Bates, midfielder Massimo Luongo and winger Jacob Murphy could all be included in the squad with Moses Odubajo, Kadeem Harris and Julian Borner set to make their home debuts having started the opening game last Saturday.
Barnsley make the short trip in high spirits having followed up last seasons promotion from League One with an opening day home win against Fulham. The Tykes have seen a high turnover of players in the summer with 8 players leaving an more than 10 new faces coming in but manager Daniel Stendel appears to have kept the momentum from his excellent first full season in English football going.
The visitors will be without Kenny Dougall as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg suffered last season and winger Jacob Brown is unlikely to feature due to an ankle injury.
Wednesday were defeated in their last competitive home game, a 2-1 defeat to QPR on the final day of last season. Barnsley have won 5 of their last six league games. The last 3 encounters between the two teams have resulted in draws but Wednesday haven't lost any of their last 10 clashes with the Tykes dating back to 2009.