Chelsea Starting XI Prediction vs Barnsley FC (League Cup Third Round)

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What a bummer for Kepa Arrizabalaga, it appears his time at Chelsea is about to run out. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper (okay, don’t feel too bad for him) will get the drop on Wednesday night, in favor of Willy Caballero, and reports indicate that Stamford Bridge are close to finalizing their deal that will bring in Rennes shotstopper Edouard Mendy to help out their difficult situation in goal.

Caballero will get the call for the third round League Cup clash on Wednesday night, at home against Barnsley FC. Coming off the heels of a dismal showing at home against Liverpool, the Blues will look to reset and regroup.

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They will do so without half of their summer signings, who have yet to feature for them this season. The Blues will also approach this match with a starting XI that features only a couple first team players, and mostly reserves, but that should still be plenty to get them past the Tykes here and into the next round, where they will face the Tottenham Hotspur-Leyton Orient winner.

I absolutely love this sentence from the Barnsley official website, in their match preview article on this game:

“The gap between the haves and the have-nots has only increased in the last dozen years, particularly in terms of finances where even were our hosts on Wednesday to put out a so-called ‘second string’ it would no doubt contain a plethora of high-quality, international footballers, such is the strength of the English top flight.”

Telling it like it is, no doubt!

Chelsea Starting XI Prediction vs Barnsley FC (League Cup Third Round)

Caballero; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Tomori, Emerson; Jorginho, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek; Havertz, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea vs Barnsley FC EFL Cup 3rd Round FYIs

Kick: 8:15 pm, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, Stamford Bridge

Team news for both sides: go here

Odds: Chelsea win 1/6, Draw 13/2, Barnsley win 16/1

Prediction: Chelsea 3, Barnsley FC 0

Blues second string should be enough to cruise past the Tykes at home.

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  1. I wander where is pulisic is I can’t understand the doctors people working on the fitness

  2. What a foolish lines up is like this coach was to do the same thing he did with liverpool yesterday noooooo it should not work we need timo werner, kai havertz, ben chilell, thiago silva and our pulisic to play in this cause no excuse to win that cup oooohhh.
    Thank u

  3. I know Chelsea soon will play their best and win games! But we are waiting for the new signings too.KEEP CALM.

  4. Lampard don’t ever joke with my heart because Chelsea is my only one team I just support in this world

  5. Testimony Toki says

    I don’t really understand this technical formation our coach is using??

  6. We want our wingers to be back soon by God’s grace and you will see how they will be shining in the league

  7. Matheus Martin says

    Can Lampard please stop playing this 4-3-3 formation forcing Havertz to play as a winger. Havertz wil be dangerous through the middle thus going for a 4-2-3-1 formation is the best we can get out of Havertz allowing him to play as a no.10. When Pulisic and Ziyech return it would even be much better with both playing right and left respectively behind the Werner alongside Havertz. Start with Kante and Kovacic at the base of midfield.

  8. Matheus Martin says

    Can Lampard please stop playing this 4-3-3 formation forcing Havertz to play as a winger. Havertz wil be dangerous through the middle thus going for a 4-2-3-1 formation is the best we can get out of Havertz allowing him to play as a no.10. When Pulisic and Ziyech return it would even be much better with both playing right and left respectively behind Werner alongside Havertz. Start with Kante and Kovacic at the base of midfield.

  9. Again with jorginho?? Is lampard’s head in the game or he’s just trying to destroy Chelsea FC reputation? No!! Frank Lampard is not serious, he needs to be fired

  10. Mimi k yohanna says

    Lampard need time,we hope to change next match

  11. Our approach to games is questionable. In a game with a motive to win, we spend much time playing the ball at the back and that poses a lot of danger to our defense. That means either we are scared of our opponents or given them two much respect. Lampard’s mistake is relying so much on Kye Haverts. The man just came in, and he even needs some rest. He is not even use to the train. You should draw him in, one in every three matches and that would give him time to study the terain.

  12. kenedy-merrick says

    frank-lampard-should-stop-using-experience-players-in-domestib-cup-and-stop-using-4-3-3-formation-in-any-match-and-use-4-2-3-1

  13. frank-lam-should-stop-starting-with-jorginho-again-and-start-with-Gilmour-when-he-is-back-from-injury

  14. Am a chelsea fan but mostly if chelsea want to benefit from news play stop that kind of formation and the injuries make chelsea doing notting

  15. We need all our new signing to play for Chelsea.

  16. You can’t be criaz. exclude jorginho and loftus..you should include timo werner atleast to get the morale of scoring goals.coz barnsley is not a hard team.. he can b able to score easily and get the morale of scoring goals.. if. possible. try this team.Gk. Caballero, DEF. Azpilicueta-rudiger-silva-chilwell. MID: Barkley-harverts-kovacic STR: Hudson odoi-werner-ziyech. thank me later.

  17. I am a huge Chelsea fan come on Lampard!!!! Stop playing jorginho put him on the bench in the PL play kovicic along side kante

  18. i want it to be 4 2 3 1 where james zouma silva emerson then kovacic Gilmour mount havertz barkley then Abraham leading the line

  19. DR. MILLER OXSHO says

    For me, Jorginho is a NO! NO! for Chelsea team. If Chelsea wishes to improve, then Lampard should make a law of “NO more back pass to Kepa except when it’s inevitable” . It was unbelievable that against Liverpool, Kepa almost had more passes than some Chelsea Players, and that costed us a goal. I have never seen a premier league champion, or a winning team, that the team does such number back pass to their keeper For example how many times did Liverpool give a back pass to their goalkeeper..? Chelsea should be more goal conscious than a back pass to the keeper. In that last match we played almost all our games in our own half. Imagine a Chelsea team would get to the 18yard of an opponent, and instead of making a goal attempt, would decide to make back pass all the way back Kepa.. It now looks like the players in Chelsea are strictly instructed for back pass to the goalkeeper.. If we don’t stop this back pass, I doubt what position we would find ourselves. Please Lampard help Chelsea. The best way of defence is to attack, not back pass and playing only in our half. Thanks.

  20. Time Time Time up to when( AAA con aye yat not)meaning leave early so as it doesn’t rain on you someone explain that to lamprd pliz.

  21. Morgan Fiifi Majdoub says

    Lampard should play Havertz on his position and stop that Mount issue..He should start from bench

  22. Chelsea will only win if only we learn the moves of Werner and also provide him with a bright wingers who will always deliver the ball in front.. Without that we are wasting him so much, werner always splints when moving ball forward and as we’ve seen his speed we should benefit from his super speed, but instead of pushing a pass in front , we end up giving back passes. Chelsea coach take a bit of caution earlier before it turns worse.. Kepa should not be a Chelsea player at all he should go to league two.. In defence I wonder why Tomori has always been left out and he has quality play. Geoginho should be benched since we have not seen him performing at all for the first two games. He only appear when award of penalty appear. A penalty taker should be Werner as from now..

  23. chelsea are the best players on the world but the coach that driect them is where the challenge heading lampard is not the best manager to me Ibrahami should fire him and bring in best coach so that chelsea win all the tropiest.

  24. King Hallord says

    Lampard should start benching Gorginho and stop the formation 4-3-3 and start using 4-2-3-1.

  25. I think lampard is making some mistakes playing 4-3-3 formation and making jorginho part of the match.its better he plays 4-2-3-1
    But I pray ? our players return from injury, maybe that would a better chelsea with pulisic, werner,ziyech at the front
    Kovacic, kante, havertz in the middle.
    Chill well, zouma, silva, James in defence and edouard mendy at the goal post

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