Barnsley vs Chelsea

Barnsley vs Chelsea predictions for Thursday’s FA Cup contest at Oakwell Stadium. Thomas Tuchel takes charge of an FA Cup game for the first time as Chelsea visit Barnsley.

Chelsea will be looking to maintain their positive start to life under Thomas Tuchel when they take on Barnsley in the FA Cup last 16 on Thursday evening.

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The Blues had recorded a 3-1 win in the previous round, against Luton. In the meantime, Valerien Ismael’s men registered a 1-0 victory against Norwich.

Barnsley: Collins; Sibbick, Helik, Andersen; Brittain, Mowatt, Palmer, Styles; Frieser, Woodrow, Adeboyejo
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell; Havertz, Kante, Gilmour; Ziyech, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

Barnsley vs Chelsea

England – FA Cup
Date: Thursday, 11 February 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Oakwell.

Barnsley vs Chelsea: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Chelsea have only conceded once in four games since Thomas Tuchel’s arrival.
  • They have kept clean sheets in all but one encounter since 1997.
  • Barnsley have failed to score in four of their last seven matches.
  • The combined scorecard for the preceding four match-ups is 14-1, in favor of them.

Barnsley vs Chelsea Prediction

Chelsea have enjoyed the luck of the draw in the FA Cup this season, and they look set for another routine win against lower league opposition when they visit the Oakwell Stadium to face Barnsley this week.

The Blues have already met Barnsley once this term, when the teams were paired in the early rounds of the Carabao Cup back in September. Chelsea were ruthless hosts on that occasion, pummelling their Championship visitors 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, and Thursday’s rematch promises to be just as one sided.

Barnsley meanwhile, have failed to score in four of their last seven assignments, and the Tykes could struggle to make an impact in the final third again when a possession-hungry Chelsea side hog the ball in Yorkshire on Thursday.

Tuchel is expected to make changes to his starting lineup on Thursday, but whatever side he fields should have enough strength to see off Barnsley.