Barnsley manager Michael Duff proclaimed Ipswich Town to be 'statistically the best team in League One history' ahead of the two promotion-seeking sides meeting at Oakwell tomorrow night.

Ipswich have won 11 of their last 12 - including games at Bolton, Derby and Peterborough - to sit second in the table with three to play.

The Tykes are six points and two places back after racking up nine straight home wins, including the significant scalps of Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday.

"Statistically they're the best team in League One history, so I've been told," Duff told BBC Radio Sheffield, speaking ahead of the visit of Kieran McKenna's men.

"Obviously it's a data-run club so we get a lot of data on opposition. They're not top of the league but statistically they're the best in League One history.

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"A lot has been made of the money they have spent but if you look at Chelsea, just spending a lot of money on good players doesn't mean you'll win.

"They're a big club, with good players and they have a very definite way of playing. It should be a really good game.

East Anglian Daily Times: Ipswich Town players celebrate during Saturday's 3-0 win at Peterborough.Ipswich Town players celebrate during Saturday's 3-0 win at Peterborough. (Image: Pagepix Ltd)

"These are the games that everyone wants to be involved in, it's a brilliant game."

He added: "We're a much better team than we were when we played them at their place (a 2-2 draw last August). We're a different animal and the run they've been on tells you they're a better team now as well."

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If Barnsley pick up five more points from their remaining three games then, for the first time in in Football League history, the top four teams in a division will all have broken the 90-point barrier.

Thanks to an incredible +57 goal difference, Ipswich need five points from their remaining three games to secure a top-two spot.

After tomorrow night, the Blues face Exeter (home on Saturday) and Fleetwood away (away on Sunday, May 7).