It’s Barnsley vs Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA Cup. The recently resurgent Blues will be looking to extend their good run of form following Tuchel’s arrival. However, the mid-table Championship outfit, and hosts for the match, the Tykes will be looking to derail the Tuchel train and give Chelsea the Blues. With that in mind, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social give their predictions for the Barnsley vs Chelsea clash.
Barnsley vs Chelsea – Introduction
On paper this appears to be a heavily lopsided encounter. However, the magic and appeal of the FA Cup is that any team on their day can produce an upset given what’s at stake. While it’s fair to say that Barnsley haven’t exactly lit up the Championship given their 13th place standing at present, they will take some hope going into the match knowing that their opponents haven’t exactly been bullet proof, despite their recent revival under Thomas Tuchel.
Speaking of, and following the win against Sheffield United and Tottenham, the German tactician will want to continue building momentum ahead of the Newcastle match on the weekend but also has revealed his cards in the sense he intends on rotating several of the regulars e.g. Kepa in goal for Mendy. What changes he makes exactly is anyone’s guess, but one suspects players such as Ziyech, Kante, Abraham, Gilmour, Chilwell, Pulisic, Zouma may get some game time and stake their claim for a starting spot against the Magpies.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the team sees the Barnsley vs Chelsea game unfolding.
It’s the 5th round of the FA Cup and we’re starting to get the business end of the tournament. Barnsley vs Chelsea should be a straightforward proposition for the in-form Blues but this competition has thrown up many surprise results before (like 2008 for example between these two) and Chelsea will need to guard against complacency. I believe Tuchel has given the troops a positive injection since coming in and therefore this complacency risk should be minimal as the players are desperately keen to prove themselves to their new manager. We have been given a heads up that changes for this match are upcoming and with that I’d like to see whoever is picked deliver a strong performance and give Lil’ Tuchy something to ponder ahead of Newcastle. I think we’ll progress and expect to see some goals in this one.
Final Score: Barnsley 0 – 4 Chelsea
Chelsea vs Barnsley for the second time this season, yes please. I’m going to be shameless in my hope that we can statpad against a lower league opposition and catch them cold. This is a huge chance for Timo Werner and maybe Kai Havertz to get their confidence flowing ahead of an absolutely crucial month of football for Thomas Tuchel. I would like to see a relentless and merciless game from the Blues. It’s also a chance to rest, which I think Tuchel will take full advantage of. It could also see a new system be used for the first time which is exciting.
Final Score: Barnsley 0 – 7 Chelsea
It has to be said, we’ve gotten quite lucky with our upcoming FA Cup tie. We managed to avoid the likes of Southampton, Man United, Man City, Leicester and West Ham, and finding ourselves pitted against Championship side Barnsley. The feel good factor couldn’t be better right now for fans. Thomas Tuchel has been in charge for four games now and we’ve won three out of four, drawn once and conceded just one goal (which we won’t talk about). The only negative we could probably take from Tuchel’s early run is that Thiago Silva is out injured, so we will be without arguably our best defender this season for a while. That means it gives an opportunity for Andreas Christensen to continue proving himself and Barnsley is a great game to get some much needed minutes. I know it’s only a Championship opponent, but I think this could be yet another dominant performance. Apart from Silva, we’re likely to have a full strength side for this match and I’m looking forward to getting our revenge on Barnsley for 2008.
Final Score: Barnsley 0 – 3 Chelsea
The FA Cup is always a competition to spring up surprises and tomorrow’s game against Barnsley could end up being a potential banana skin for Thomas Tuchel’s side. When the draw was first made, my first thought was back to 2008 when Barnsley knocked Chelsea out of the cup 1-0, something the Blues will be hoping to avoid this time round. I do expect changes to be made for this game but not too many as I don’t think Tuchel will take this game lightly given this competition comes as his best chance at silverware this season. The likes of Werner, Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi should start and could cause problems for the Tyke’s defence. Barnsley have certainly got plenty of threat up front that Chelsea will need to deal with and this game will not be easy. However, that being said, with the Blues looking very strong under Tuchel so far, I really can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win.
Final Score: Barnsley 0 – 2 Chelsea
Written By: RJ, Tom, Luka and Matt
Edited By: Ross-John (RJ) Bonaccorsi (@RJ_Goodthings)
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