Date: 7th February 2014 at 11:57am
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson faces a selection dilemma in midfield with favoured starting pair Mellis and Frimpong both suspended.

I expect no changes to the backline with Steele, Hunt, Ramage, Cranie and Kennedy all almost certain starters.

Upfront as well simply picks itself with O`Grady and Proschwitz sure to start.

The midfield area is a bit trickier. There are many options at Wilson`s disposal but it is about finding that right combination. If I`m being honest then none of the combinations that the Barnsley boss could use centrally fill me with confidence.

I expect he will retain Jennings and Shea in the wide areas. Jennings has been a revelation since he returned from his loan spell at MK Dons. It is like having a new signing and has been the pick of all of the ‘January signings` thus far.

As for Shea, I personally wouldn`t select him but Danny sees something in him and I think he will get the nod against Ipswich.

As for the central options, there are many to choose but none of the quality of the suspended duo.

If Wilson decided to revert to a diamond in midfield then it gives even more options and brings in to the equation players who wouldn`t necessarily be trusted in a traditional two.

So the options he has to bring in are Dawson, O`Brien, Hassell, Cywka, McCourt, Woods, Digby and Lawrence.

I expect him to go with a flat four across the middle and I think that the two to come in will be Dawson and O`Brien, mainly for their work rate and energy.

Those two started together in the home game against Blackburn and it`s fair to say that it didn`t go well.

I do think Hassell is a contender to come in to sit in front of the back four but having only just returned from injury then I think he will have to make do with a place on the bench.

As for the others, I still see Cywka and McCourt being used as impact players from the bench and I don`t think Wilson will want to change to a diamond just to accommodate them.

I know Wilson likes Digby but I can`t see him throwing him in to start at the moment with the position we find ourselves in.

Lawrence is another option but to me he looks far from fit enough to start in the Championship so I don`t think he will get the nod either.

Predicted Team:
Steele
Hunt
Ramage
Cranie
Kennedy
Shea
Dawson
O`Brien
Jennings
O`Grady
Proschwitz

Subs
Turner
Hassell
Nyatanga
McCourt
Cywka
Lawrence
Digby