Chelsea will be hoping to put their hosing thrashing to Liverpool behind them when they welcome Barnsley to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday’s EFL Cup third-round conflict. The victors of this tie will meet either Leyton Orient or Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round, with those different sides set to go head to head next week.
In gameweek two of the new Premier League season, Chelsea invited Liverpool to a ground where they were unbeaten in their last 13 association matches against the prevailing bosses – winning seven and drawing six matches in total. In any case, the Reds ran out agreeable victors against Frank Lampard’s side gratitude to a quickfire twofold from Sadio Mane, and Chelsea have brief period to harp on that rout as they offer to lift the EFL Cup unexpectedly since the 2014-15 mission.
The Blues last arrived at the final as of late as the 2018-19 season, where they eventually tumbled to crush against Manchester City in a punishment shootout, however Chelsea were taken out by City’s unpleasant opponents Manchester United in the 4th round last season.
The five-time EFL Cup victors have not neglected to make it past the third round since Newcastle United appreciated a 4-3 triumph at Stamford Bridge in the 2010-11 season, and Chelsea will no uncertainty feel sure about their odds of progressing against a Barnsley side bearing an average beginning to the new Championship crusade. Barnsley pretty much figured out how to fight off assignment from the subsequent level last season, yet the Tykes have just lost the same number of matches this season as they did in their last nine of the 2019-20 mission. Gerhard Struber’s men have opened their new mission with annihilations to Luton Town and Reading, and are yet to enlist a goal in the new group season.
In any case, Struber’s side as of now have two EFL Cup triumphs to their name as they defeated individual Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough to set up a conflict with Chelsea, and Barnsley have just bettered their last two runs in this competition where they were taken out at the main obstacle. The Tykes went head to head against Premier League restriction from the capital when they last came to the third round in the 2017-18 mission, however ,Dele Alli goal saw Tottenham Hotspur defeat Barnsley in that game.
Should Struber’s side draw off a sudden triumph against the Blues in midweek, it will stamp the first occasion when Barnsley have progressed past the third round since the 2009-10 mission, where they were at last taken out by Manchester United in the quarter-finals. Barnsley and Chelsea have not met each other since the 2007-08 FA Cup crusade, where the Tykes broadly won 1-0 against the Blues to arrive at the semi-finals.
A conflict with an unwell Barnsley side speaks to the ideal open door for Chelsea to support their certainty following that grim annihilation to Liverpool. The guests will set up a battle however won’t demonstrate any counterpart for the Blues, so we are anticipating that Lampard’s men should record a clear triumph and book their spot in the fourth round.