Barnsley return to Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the hope of making it two wins from two inside the national stadium when they face Millwall in the League One play-off final, with a place in the Championship at stake.
The Tykes; who defeated League Two Oxford United 3-2 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy back in April, finished two places and seven points adrift of today’s opponents in the 2015/16 league standings, but both club’s end-of-season fate comes down to one final fixture.
It has been a remarkable second-half to the campaign for Barnsley, who were bottom of the division back in December, but have fortunately put together an extraordinary run of form under interim boss Paul Heckingbottom following former manager Lee Johnson’s departure to Bristol City.
Meanwhile Neil Harris’ Millwall are seeking an instant return to the Championship this weekend after missing out on automatic promotion by four points at the top of the standings.
Both side’s have reached play-off finals twice before; which both clubs coming out on top once respectively.
Barnsley lost to Ipswich Town back in 2000 whilst in the second-tier of English football, before defeating Swansea City on penalties in League One ten years ago.
Whilst Millwall also lost their first encounter to Scunthorpe United (3-2) in 2009, only to avenge that agonising defeat by narrowly fending off Swindon Town 1-0 a year later.
History also bodes well for the Lions, with the team finishing fourth in League One having won the play-off campaign in four of the last five seasons.
However for Barnsley, a club who finished sixth has not won the play-offs since Scunthorpe nearly seven years ago.
Barnsley’s caretaker boss Heckingbottom has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of Sunday’s crunch match at Wembley.
He has picked the same side for the Tykes’ last five fixtures and is likely to stick to his successful regime. However; James Bree, George Smith (Both hamstring) and Marley Watkins all return.
Meanwhile Millwall are enduring a slight defensive dilemma ahead of the League One play-off final.
Manager Harris may be without key defender Byron Webster (Hamstring) after he limped off during the Lions’ second-leg tie against Bradford City.
Either club captain Tony Craig or Sid Nelson are expected to fill the gap, if Webster fails a late fitness test.
Plus, Carlos Edwards is set to play at right-back as Mahlon Romeo is suspended.
League Position: Barnsley – 6th (74 pts); Millwall – 4th (81 pts)
Previous Meeting: Barnsley 2-1 Millwall (January 2, 2016)
Form: Barnsley – WDDWWW ; Millwall – WWWWWD
Key Men: Barnsley – Sam Winnall; Millwall – Lee Gregory
Shoot Says: Barnsley 2-1 Millwall