FA Cup :Chelsea vs Barnsley Live Football Score 11 Feb 2021
NAME: Barnsley – Chelsea
DATE: 11 Feb 2021
TIME: 20:00 UTC
VENUE: Oakwell Ground, Barnsley, England
- Barnsley advanced to the semi-finals in 2008 after beating Chelsea – then FA Cup holders – 1-0 at Oakwell.
- The only other FA Cup meeting came in the third round in 1989, with the Tykes winning 4-0 at home courtesy of a Steve Agnew brace plus goals from Gwyn Thomas and David Currie.
- Chelsea have won four of their past five encounters in all competitions, including a 6-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, when Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick.
- Barnsley have reached round five for the first time since 2013, when they were eventually eliminated in the sixth round, losing 5-0 at Manchester City.
- They have lost their past five FA Cup games against Premier League sides, conceding 15 goals and scoring two.
- The Tykes’ last FA Cup win against a top-flight team was their 1-0 victory versus Chelsea in 2008.
- Barnsley had a combined total of 16 shots on target in their third and fourth-round matches – only Liverpool (19) and Tottenham (18) had more.
- Cauley Woodrow has scored five goals in his six FA Cup appearances for Barnsley.
- Victory would see Chelsea reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the 15th time since 2000, more than any other side in that period.
- The Blues have only lost two of their past 17 games in this competition (W12, D3).
- Olivier Giroud has 16 goals and nine assists in 33 FA Cup games.
- Tammy Abraham has been directly involved in eight goals in his past six FA Cup starts, scoring five goals and assisting three more.
Thomas Tuchel has not lost any of his first four games as Chelsea boss and only conceded one goal – in Sunday’s win over Sheffield United.
But he’s not really had much of a test yet – Tottenham were terrible when they played them last week. Although Barnsley will make things difficult for the Blues, this is another game he will be expected to win.
Barnsley defender Toby Sibbick and midfielder Romal Palmer are available for the tie against last year’s runners-up Chelsea after recovering from minor injuries. Daryl Dike could make his debut after joining from Orlando City, but fellow forward Carlton Morris is cup tied. Chelsea will name a strong side with Kepa, winger Hakim Ziyech and midfielder N’Golo Kante getting a start. Centre-back Thiago Silva is sidelined with a muscle injury.
The curtains are set to fall on the latest knockout stage of the FA Cup, with the remaining two fifth round fixtures set to be played out on Thursday. The final game of the round will be played at the Oakwell Stadium, where Barnsley will be playing hosts to Chelsea, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
Barnsley entered this season’s FA Cup in the third, where they beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0 before getting the better of fellow Championship outfit Norwich City by a 1-0 margin last time out. Apart from their exploits in the cup competition, though, the Tykes are without a win in 2021, having lost three and drawn two of their outings in the Championship so far this year.
Chelsea, on the other hand, seem to be on a resurgent run under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel. Since the German manager took charge at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have drawn one and won three games, which has seen them rise up to fifth in the Premier League table. In the FA Cup, the west Londoners have beaten Morecambe and Luton Town in the last two rounds, with the latter being their last game under Frank Lampard.
Thursday’s FA Cup clash will be the second time that Barnsley will be facing Chelsea this season, with the Blues cruising to a 6-0 win in the Carabao Cup back in September. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
Team News & Tactics
Valerien Ismael does not have any fresh injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Chelsea. On Thursday, the Barnsley manager will continue to be bereft of the services of three first-team players.
Ben Williams remains a long-term absentee due to his ACL injury that should keep him sidelined till April. Aapo Halme and Liam Kitching are the other two absentees, with the duo likely to return later this month. Ismael should line his side up in a 3-4-3 formation, which will transform into a 5-4-1 in the defensive phases.