Date: Thursday 11th February 2021
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT
Tonight’s game sees us travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup. We faced Barnsley in the Carabao Cup in September and the 6-0 we won by at home was definitely an improvement on our 2008 FA Cup meeting when we lost 1-0 to them away.
As last year’s runners-up in the competition, we come into the game on the back of three wins and a draw, whilst our opponents are unbeaten in three in the Championship. Our most recent win came away to Sheffield United, whilst for Barnsley, they drew 0-0 with Nottingham Forest last time out.
The Tykes won’t make this an easy game for us but we’re likely to take a strong group of players for the trip. Quite who might make up that strong group, is anyone’s guess, but they’d better be robust enough to get the job done on a cold night in Yorkshire.
Going into today’s game, Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael, says “We know we are up against one of the best teams in world football. But this is an opportunity for our players to test themselves and to put our own principles on to them, to be unpleasant and give everything to win.”
Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, says “This would be huge, absolutely – the FA Cup is one of the most prestigious in the world. It is played at Wembley. Even if you were a little boy in Germany with no internet or no sports channels where you can watch every game like nowadays, you know the word ‘Wembley’ for sure and the words ‘FA Cup’. You know this is a big, big game to play and a big goal to achieve.”
For Barnsley United, Aapo Halme, Ben Williams and Liam Kitching are all likely to miss out with injury and Carlton Morris is cup tied. Toby Sibbick and Romal Palmer are available after recovering from minor injuries and Daryl Dike could make his debut.
For Chelsea, Thiago Silva (muscle injury) remains out, whilst Pulisic missed our last game for family reasons and it is unclear whether he is available again.
BARNSLEY (Possible line-up): Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Mowatt, Palmer, Styles; Frieser, Woodrow, Adeboyejo
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell; Havertz, Kante, Gilmour; Ziyech, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi
CURRENT FORM (ALL)
- Barnsley advanced to the semi-finals in 2008 after beating Chelsea at Oakwell.
- Chelsea have won four of their past five encounters in all competitions
- Barnsley have reached round five for the first time since 2013.
- A win would see Chelsea reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the 15th time since 2000
- Barnsley have lost their past five FA Cup games against Premier League sides.
- Chelsea have only lost two of their past 17 games in this competition.
BBC Sport: Barnsley 0-2 Chelsea
Sportsmole: Barnsley 0-2 Chelsea