The Carabao Cup returns to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host championship side Barnsley in an evening 7:45 PM kick-off. Frank Lampard wouldn’t have been pleased with facing The Tykes just two days after locking horns with Liverpool and one would imagine that the Chelsea boss is set to shuffle his pack. Let’s see Chelsea are running into as they begin the Carabao Cup campaign.
Barnsley have shown little promise to push on from their encouraging finish to the 2019/20 season. Having lost their first two Championship games, they have found hope in the Carabao Cup so far, where they have bettered promotion rivals Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest having kept clean sheets in both ties.
PREVIOUS RESULTS THIS SEASON
Reading 2-0 Barnsley (19th Sep, 2020)
Middlesbrough 0-2 Barnsley (15th Sep, 2020)
Barnsley 0-1 Luton Town (12th Sep, 2020)
Barnsley 1-0 Nottingham Forest (5th Sep, 2020)
Barnsley have entered the new season with something of a wobble. Having not scored a single goal, they languish in 20th position in the Championship after defeats to Reading and Luton Town. Gerhard Struber’s side are looking to potentially pull off a miracle should they defy all odds and get a result against a side whom they met in the 2007-08 FA Cup, having won 1-0 narrowly to reach the semi-finals. Should they pull off a shock against the Blues in midweek, it will be the first time that Barnsley have advanced past the third round of the competition since the 2009-10 campaign where they were ultimately knocked out by Manchester United in the quarter-finals.
After seeing red against Reading, both Michal Helik and Mads Andersen will be unavailable for selection while Bambo Diaby remains suspended Elsewhere, Struber has a fully-fit squad to pick from as Barnsley look to pull off a major surprise against a wounded Chelsea side, however insurmountable a task it may seem.