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Underdog Reds v favourite Foxes: head-to-head

Barnsley are big underdogs going into their Championship clash at play-off hopefuls Leicester City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.

The Foxes have lost just one of their last 13 meetings, although they were rather fortunate to escape with a 1-1 draw at Oakwell back in September.

Barnsley’s new signing Chris Dagnall is set to make his debut for Keith Hill’s men but they will be without star midfielder Jacob Butterfield, who is ruled out for the remainder of the season.

That is also the fate of Leicester’s ex-England man Darius Vassell, while Nigel Pearson is also unable to call upon Jeffrey Schlupp and veteran striker Steve Howard through injury.

The Foxes have gone their last five home matches without defeat. And they have won 50 of their 106 competitive fixtures against their Oakwell counterparts – with Barnsley tasting victory on 24 occasions.

Since Pearson’s return to the managerial hotseat from Hull, Leicester have won three, drawn five and lost two league and cup games.

They are currently 13th in the table, two points better off than 16th-placed Barnsley.

The Reds require three goals to take their overall scoring tally against Leicester to 100. They will be relying on the likes of Dagnall, Craig Davies and Ricardo Vaz Te, who has scored 10 goals in his last nine matches, to provide the necessary firepower.

But Hill’s team have won just once in their last six outings and have now gone eight matches without keeping a clean sheet.

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