Glanford Park is Barnsley’s next destination, as they face managerless Scunthorpe United looking to continue the unbeaten start to their league campaign.
Beaten play-off semi-finalists last season, the Iron got off to a good start with an opening day win at newly-promoted Coventry, followed by a draw at home to Walsall, but three defeats on the bounce, including a five-nil reverse at home to Fleetwood, was enough to give manager Nick Daws the boot.
Following the Reds’ emphatic display at Rochdale through the week, which resulted in a four-nil win, you’d be forgiven for thinking this one will go the same way, but it’s always hard to gauge what reaction will come from the side without a permanent manager.
The visitors have also lost an employee, albeit a less significant one than the manager, as striker Tom Bradshaw has left to join Championship outfit, Millwall. The deal is initially a loan move, but will be made permanent come January.
Young forward Victor Adeboyejo will be relishing the opportunity to fill Bradshaw’s boots this weekend, unless a last minute replacement is found, but the Nigerian, who’s bagged two goals already for the Reds, is likely to start.
On paper, it looks like a canter for Stendel’s Barnsley. Unbeaten in the league without conceding a goal, against a team who’ve conceded ten in their first four games and have recently sacked their manager.
But, of course, the game won’t be played on paper and the Reds will need to match their midweek performance to ensure the three points will be heading back to South Yorkshire.
Expecting one change to be made this week, with Adeboyejo coming in to replace Bradshaw, but other than that, the usual eleven that has started every league game for Stendel up to now.
Cavaré, Lindsay, Pinnock, Pinillos
Potts, Mowatt, Dougall, Thiam
Prediction: Scunthorpe United 0 – 3 Barnsley