For only the fifth time in their history, Wycombe Wanderers will host Barnsley in a league match at Adams Park this weekend.

The Tykes will head to Buckinghamshire from Yorkshire to as one of the inform teams in League One with eight victories from their last 10 games.

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In that game, they have picked up 26 points from 30 available and have lost just twice since November.

Their surge up the table following an inconsistent start to the campaign has turned Michael Duff’s men from sitting in mid-table mediocrity to play-off contenders.

And I had the privilege of speaking to the Barnsley Chronicle’s sports editor, Doug O’Kane, on what we can expect at HP12 this Saturday.

How would you rate Barnsley's season so far?

DoK: “It’s been excellent so far.

“Usually Reds fans expect to be competing for promotion in League One but, this time, a lot feared that wouldn’t happen after a record-breakingly bad relegation last season and many summer sales with very little money to spend.

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“However, they made an inspired appointment in Michael Duff who has got the best out of a group of players – a mixture of some left from last season and shrewd new signings – who have shown themselves to be a very good team at this level.”

How different are the Barnsley team from their loss against Wycombe in August to now?

DoK: “That was when the Reds were still gelling and understanding Duff’s tactics and demands – with the transfer window still open which was a big distraction last summer.  

“It was one of the worst performances in an up and down first quarter of the campaign but, since late October, they have 45 points from 19 games while they are unbeaten 10 ten including eight wins. 

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“They look in a good position to reach the play-offs, although a loss to Wycombe would make that less certain, while they could compete for the top two if they continue their superb recent form. 

“They are now totally in-sync with what Duff wants – a really well-organised, confident and unified team that is solid at the back and scoring plenty of often-spectacular goals from a variety of sources. 

Who is your key player?

DoK: “There are a few candidates but I will say, Adam Phillips.

"The midfielder has nine goals this season, six from outside the box where he is lethal with long-range shooting.

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“He also has five assists and has hugely improved his all-round game since signing in September, now one of the key men in Barnsley’s excellent press which sees them rob opponents of the ball regularly. “

What is Michael Duff preferred formation?

DoK: “3-5-2.

“He started with that but, after a poor first day at Plymouth, he changed to 3-4-3 before returning to 3-5-2 at the start of this good run.

“They still change to 3-4-3 during most second halves.”

What is your score prediction? 

DoK: “Barnsley are on a real roll at the moment so, although it will be tough, I will go for a 2-1 away win.”