All the information you need ahead of City’s pre-season clash against Barnsley…

When and Where

The game will take place at the Academy Stadium on Saturday 31 July, with kick-off scheduled for 18:00 (UK).

As a COVID-19 safety precaution, the match will take place behind closed doors.

Rest assured though, you can follow all of the action on and our official app, with minute by minute coverage via our Matchday Centre as well as a comprehensive match report and reaction following the full-time whistle.


TV Information

The match will be broadcast exclusively on CITY+, with supporters able to follow every kick of our clash with the Tykes courtesy of a subscription.

For just £1.99 a month, CITY+ allows members to live stream selected Women’s, EDS and Academy clashes throughout the season and watch full-match replays of all Men’s and Women’s games.

It also grants access to exclusive CityTV productions, including the Shaun Wright-Phillips: City’s Homegrown Hero and Kevin De Bruyne: Made in Belgium.

For further details about how to subscribe visit HERE.

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Matchday Live

Supporters can also get into the matchday mood by tuning into our live pre-match show from 17:00 (UK), available on all digital platforms.

Appropriately enough for a new season, the show - formerly known as ‘We’re Not Really Here’ – returns with a brand-new title: ‘Matchday Live.’

Despite the new name, it will still offer the same levels of insight and humour as its predecessor, with Richard Dunne and Michael Brown our special guests for Saturday’s edition.

The former City duo will offer their expert analysis ahead of our clash with Barnsley before reconvening for half-time and post-match debriefs.

Matchday Live makes for essential viewing for all City supporters who prefer a more City-centric take on proceedings.

Last time out

City’s pre-season preparations got off to a positive start at the Academy Stadium as goals from Riyad Mahrez and substitute Sam Edozie secured a friendly victory over Preston North End.

Mahrez executed a brilliant curling 25th-minute free-kick to open the scoring, before Edozie capped a fine night’s work with a superb close-range finish after an inviting assist by James McAtee to set the seal on an impressive opening outing.


Manager Pep Guardiola selected a starting eleven that blended youth alongside experience against the Lilywhites on Tuesday.

Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Ruben Dias all started while goalkeeper Zack Steffen and defensive trio Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy also featured.

With several members of the first team squad still away on their summer break following their exertions at Euro 2020 and the Copa America, a number of younger players were also afforded vital first team experience.


Iker Pozo, Morgan Rogers, Ben Knight and Cole Palmer were all handed the opportunity to impress against our visitors from Deepdale.

There was a new-look City in the second half with the boss making 10 outfield changes to hand a host of other youngsters their big chance.

The only negative on the night was a worrying injury to City substitute keeper Cieran Slicker after an accidental clash with Preston sub Tom Bayliss which saw the youngster stretchered off after a lengthy delay.

In brighter news, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko returned to training this week.

Head to Head Guide

In total, City have won 17 of our 33 clashes with Barnsley, drawing 10 and losing six since our first encounter back in 1898.

We last faced the Tykes in March 2013 in the FA Cup with Carlos Tevez bagging a hat-trick in a 5-0 triumph at the Etihad Stadium. Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva were also on the scoresheet.

Our last league meeting took place in April 2002, as City were crowned Division One Champions with a record-breaking, promotion-winning campaign.

Kevin Keegan’s men despatched the Yorkshire outfit 5-1 on that day - with Darren Huckerby grabbing a treble - to secure the title in emphatic fashion.

We also met Barnsley in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2009/10 season with Martin Petrov cancelling out a Daniel Bogdanović effort at Oakwell.

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