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Michael Taylor 8th Nov 2009 - 20:39

Barnsley revival could hinder Blackwell’s survival

For the second week in a row the Sky Sports cameras focus on Kevin Blackwell's Sheffield United and, for the second week in a row, you have to think the Blades will fall to another hard fought loss, this time against local rivals Barnsley.

I said it last week and I'll say it again now, I honestly think Sheffield United are in real trouble this season after bouncing back so horribly from their play-off final disappointment.

They're without a win since mid September, have only had four victories in total and are in real danger of finding themselves in a relegation battle sooner rather than later.

To make matters worse they're missing even more key players this week after Chris Morgan picked up a fifth yellow card of the season and Kyle Walker hobbled off in the loss to Newcastle.

They join Jamie Ward, Nick Montgomery, Lee Williamson and Gary Naysmith on the absentee list, meaning Blackwell, who is fighting for his managerial life, is forced into even more changes.

It's not just the Blades' own problems that point to a Barnsley win in the South Yorkshire derby either.

The Tykes are beginning to make a real nuisance of themselves ever since former Man Utd and Norwich striker Mark Robins arrived at Oakwell.

Robins made the short journey from Rotherham and it seems he has taken little time to settle into life in the Championship, leading his club out of the relegation zone and now hoping to pull them into the highest placed Yorkshire club in football.

He'll have to make do without suspended skipper Stephen Foster this week but they do head into the game full of confidence after an impressive away win at Peterborough.

One man who will be desperate to make an impression is Canadian international Iain Hume as he looks to prove he's back to full health after suffering a near fatal head injury in the corresponding fixture last season.

The highly anticipated battle between the striker and the man who caused his career threatening injury, Chris Morgan, may not be possible but Hume may still feel he is owed a goal.

He's a great 8/1 shot to score the first of the game and 11/4 to score anytime, and I'm sure there are few people who won't be rooting the former Leicester man on.

Another one to look out for is Daniel Bogdanovic at 6/1 to score first.

The former Locomotiv Sofia man has two goals in his last two games and will fancy his chances against what should be a very makeshift Blades backline.

One positive for Sheffield United is the performance they gave against the Magpies last week.

For the first time in a while they tried to get the ball down and play, and while it didn't lead to a goal, it should have been enough to realise they can be promotion contenders this year.

I still don't fancy their chances at what is sure to be a raucous Oakwell but they shouldn't be embarrassed like they were on their past two travels to Scunthorpe and Blackpool.

I'd be looking towards 2-1 to the home side priced at a very respectable 8/1 while I think 13/8 about Barnsley winning the game looks like an absolute steal.

Whether it'd be the last nail in Blackwell's coffin is unsure but one thing would be more certain, Barnsley would be more than happy recipients of all the bragging rights in South Yorkshire.



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