Chelsea will be looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the fifth time in six years when they travel to face Barnsley on Thursday at 8pm (UK time).
The Blues have made it to the final in three of the past four seasons, finishing runners-up to Arsenal twice including last summer and beating Manchester United in 2018.
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Where to watch Barnsley vs Chelsea on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: Barnsley 0-4 Chelsea
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Barnsley vs Chelsea build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
These two sides have already met this season, with Chelsea beating Barnsley 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in the third round of the Carabao Cup. But a lot has changed since then, including both clubs’ managers.
Just a few weeks after the defeat at Stamford Bridge, Gerhard Struber left Barnsley to take charge of Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls. He was initially replaced by Adam Murray on an interim basis, before Valerien Ismael took charge. And the Tykes have improved vastly under the Frenchman, putting some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Barnsley have also reached the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2012/13, beating Tranmere Rovers and Norwich City. The last time Barnsley faced Chelsea in the FA Cup, they knocked Avram Grant’s side out of the quarter-finals in 2007/08 with a 1-0 win at Oakwell. But they face a Blues side in good form.
Chelsea’s managerial change came quite some time after the Carabao Cup meeting, with Frank Lampard lasting until the end of January before his time in charge of the club was brought to an end. The decision by the Chelsea board did not go down well with fans, considering Lampard’s place as a club legend, but Thomas Tuchel has pulled the Blues out of a rut.
Tuchel’s Chelsea are unbeaten in four games, winning three, and have moved themselves back in contention for the Premier League top four. But this will be Tuchel’s first taste of FA Cup action, with Chelsea’s wins over Morecambe and Luton Town coming under Lampard.
- Barnsley (vs Nottingham Forest): Collins; Sibbick, Andersen, Helik; Brittain, Mowatt, Kane, Styles; Frieser, Woodrow, Chaplin.
- Chelsea (vs Sheffield United): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Werner, Mount; Giroud
Barnsley remain without Aapo Halme, Ben Williams and Liam Kitching but may be fresher having seen their game against Derby at the weekend postponed. New signing Daryl Dike should be available following his loan move from Orlando City.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are without Thiago Silva while Timo Werner could be among those rotated out of the team.
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Players to watch:
- Barnsley: If Barnsley are to be the first opposition team to score against Chelsea since Tuchel took over, they will need Cauley Woodrow to be at his best. The 26-year-old is once again Barnsley’s top scorer in the Championship, with nine goals to his name so far, five more than any other player. He has also added a further two goals in cup competitions, but his form of late hasn’t been the best. Woodrow has scored just two goals in his past 10 games across all competitions, providing no assists during that run too.
- Chelsea: When these sides met earlier this season, Kai Havertz was the game-changer, scoring a hat-trick in the 6-0 win and the German may be hoping for a similar impact this week. Havertz has been unfortunate in his playing time under Tuchel so far, starting the first game of the new era before being reduced to a 10-minute cameo in his second. He has missed the past two Chelsea games through injury but is in contention to return this week. If fit, he is likely to start in a slightly rotated side and could thrive behind the striker if Tuchel sticks with his favoured system.
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