South Yorkshire fixture round-up

Barnsley vs Leeds – Saturday 25th November, k/o 12:30pm

The mid-table Tykes are looking to bounce-back from their home defeat to Cardiff when they take on struggling Leeds. Garry Monk’s men have been in poor form as of late, with five losses in their last six matches (all competitions), and so the fixture would seem to present an opportunity for Paul Heckingbottom and his team.

Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday – Saturday, k/o 3:00pm

Wednesday sit 11th in the table and, though fans will have been hoping for better this season given that they reached the playoffs last year, they are now unbeaten in 5. Reading, who lost last year’s playoff final on penalties, are languishing in 18th place. Owls’ Striker Fernando Foristieri remains sidelined.

Sheffield United vs Birmingham – Saturday, k/o 5:00pm

United will be hoping to re-establish themselves in the automatic promotion spots – and a game against Cotterill’s floundering Blues-side would seem like the perfect opportunity to do so. Bramall Lane played host to a nine-goal thriller on Tuesday night, as Fulham beat the Blades 5-4 – this despite the efforts of striker Leon Clarke, who scored a hat-trick to make it 12 goals for the season and propel himself into the golden-boot spot.

Doncaster vs MK Dons – Saturday, k/o 3:00pm

Two teams with middling form and middling positions in the league table clash at the Keepmoat Stadium. Doncaster will be hoping to come back from their 3-0 defeat at Wigan on Tuesday, although striker Andy Williams was today ruled out for up to four months with an ankle injury.

Rotherham vs Wigan Athletic – Saturday, k/0 3:00pm

Rotherham, relegated last year after a woeful season in the Championship – in which they won just five matches and picked up only 23 points – sit in 8th place. Fellow promotional hopefuls Wigan, who are second, will provide a stiff test, particularly given Rotherham’s form: they are without a league win in 5.