Chelsea will be looking to recover from their first defeat of the season when they host Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday (7:45pm kick-off).
Frank Lampard’s men were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, with Sadio Mane scoring both goals including one from a Kepa Arrizabalaga goalkeeping error. Their chance to bounce back sees them take on Championship opposition Barnsley, who beat Middlesbrough in the previous round.
In the league, Barnsley have had a tough start losing their opening two games in the Championship against Luton Town and Reading (two of the early pacesetters). But the Tykes may take heart from the previous meeting between these two sides in 2008, when they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Can they pull off another upset or will Chelsea get their revenge after 12 years?
Where to watch Chelsea vs Barnsley on TV:
- UK: N/A
- US: ESPN+
Where to live stream Chelsea vs Barnsley:
UK: Fans in the UK will be able to stream the Carabao Cup third-round tie between Leicester City and Arsenal on carabaocup.live. One-match passes cost £10.
Chelsea & Barnsley’s previous line-ups:
- Chelsea (vs Liverpool): Arrizabalaga*; James, Christensen*, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Havertz, Werner, Mount.
- Barnsley (vs Reading): Walton; Sollbauer, Helik*, Andersen*; Ludewig, Mowatt, Ritzmaier, Williams; Thomas; Frieser, Chaplin.
Lampard has confirmed Willy Caballero will start in goal for Chelsea, a decision made before Arrizabalaga’s howler against Liverpool. Andreas Christensen is suspended following his red card, but Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell are part of the squad. Lampard also confirmed Edouard Mendy is undergoing his medical, but the game will come too soon for him.
Meanwhile Barnsley are without Mads Juel Andersen and Michal Helik following their red cards at the weekend.
Players to watch:
- Chelsea: There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the situation surrounding Callum Hudson-Odoi. The Englishman has been afforded just 10 minutes of action this season despite impressing in the pre-season friendly against Brighton and there being a distinct lack of fit wingers at Chelsea. Both Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are out injured, but Lampard has opted for the likes of Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz in the wide positions over Hudson-Odoi. Lampard has previously spoken about Hudson-Odoi’s performances in training, which could allude to why he is not being picked, but with the teenager now being linked with a loan move away from Chelsea, this could be his last chance to impress.
- Barnsley: From a potential Chelsea loanee to a former Blues man, Bradley Collins could line up in goal against his former club on Wednesday night. The goalkeeper, who kept a clean sheet in the previous round against Middlesbrough, spent over 10 years at Chelsea, coming through their academy, winning the FA Youth Cup and Uefa Youth League. Unlike many others in the academy system, Collins spent just two seasons on loan away from Chelsea, first at Forest Green Rovers and then Burton Albion. He was allowed to leave permanently last summer but could show his former club what they are missing out on, especially when the position of goalkeeper is a hot topic at Chelsea.