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Barnsley v Chelsea Live Commentary & Result, 11/02/2021, FA Cup


5′ Chelsea have persisted with the 3-4-3 shape they used in the last game, with left-back Emerson filling in on the left of the back three and Hudson-Odoi playing as a right wing-back.

3′ Barnsley press high and win the ball in an advanced area, but Woodrow snatches at his shot from the right side of the box and sends it high over the bar.

1′ We’re underway at Oakwell!

However, Chelsea have won four of their last five meetings with Barnsley in all competitions, including a 6-0 home win in the League Cup earlier this season.

Barnsley have won both of their FA Cup meetings with Chelsea, winning 4-0 in the third round in 1989 and 1-0 in the quarter-final in 2008. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel makes 10 changes to the side that started in the 2-1 Premier League victory over Sheffield United on Sunday. Only Christensen keeps his place in the side as the German rotates heavily. Thiago Silva, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are all struggling with injuries and do not make the squad.

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael makes just one change following his side’s 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Saturday. Frieser drops to the bench, with Adeboyejo replacing him on the wing. Aapo Halme, Liam Kitching, Mike Bahre and Ben Williams are all absent due to injury.

Chelsea substitutes: Willy Caballero, Ben Chilwell, Antonio Rudiger, Lewis Bate, Olivier Giroud, Faustino Anjorin, Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Emerson; Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Marcos Alonso; Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic.

Barnsley substitutes: Michael Sollbauer, Daryl Dike, Romal Palmer, Dominik Frieser, Jasper Moon, Clarke Oduor, Jordan Williams, Cameron Thompson, Jack Walton.

Barnsley XI (3-4-3): Bradley Collins; Toby Sibbick, Michal Helik, Mads Andersen; Callum Brittain, Herbie Kane, Alex Mowatt, Callum Styles; Victor Adeboyejo, Cauley Woodrow, Conor Chaplin.

Barnsley play their third successive home tie in the FA Cup this season, having already bested Tranmere Rovers and Norwich City. However, they host Premier League opponents in Chelsea this time, who overcame Morecambe and Luton Town to reach this stage.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the FA Cup fifth round tie between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell.


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