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Barnsley vs Chelsea Predictions & Tips - Chelsea to win to nil at Oakwell

  • Barnsley vs Chelsea predictions for Thursday's FA Cup fifth round match.
  • The match is being played at Oakwell (8.00pm GMT).
  • Chelsea have won their last 3 matches and beat Barnsley 6-0 in the Carabao Cup this season.
  • Chelsea have conceded 1 goal in 4 games under Thomas Tuchel and are tipped to win to nil.
  • Match preview, predictions, and latest team news.
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Chelsea are likely to recall Tammy Abraham to the starting line-up (Getty Images)
Freetips staff 10 Feb 2021
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Barnsley vs Chelsea Predictions


The decision to install Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea manager is already looking to be a shrewd one. The Blues have picked up 10 points from 12 on offer since his appointment, conceding just one goal in the process.

Chelsea should come out of this one relatively unscathed with a win to nil tipped at Oakwell.

  • Chelsea have won their last 3 matches (Premier League).
  • Chelsea have kept 3 clean sheets in 4 matches since Thomas Tuchel took charge (Premier League). 
  • Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
  • Barnsley are winless in their last 5 matches (Championship).

Head-to-Head


Chelsea hold an 18-11 head-to-head advantage over Barnsley with five draws between the sides.

The two sides in last September in the Carabao Cup when Chelsea ran out 6-0 winners.

Kai Havertz bagged a hat-trick against the Championship outfit. Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud were also on the scoresheet. 

Barnsley Form


Barnsley were inactive at the weekend as a waterlogged Oakwell resulted in the postponement of their clash with Derby in the Championship. 

With no league win in their last five matches, perhaps a pause in activity came at the right time.

In their last league outing, Valérien Ismael’s side played out a bore draw at the City Ground as they held Nottingham Forest 0-0. It was a second successive draw for the Tykes. 

Previous to this, they had recorded a 2-2 home draw with fellow mid-table outfit Cardiff to end a run of three straight defeats in the Championship.

Barnsley have beaten League Two Tranmere 2-0 and Championship leaders Norwich 1-0 to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Barnsley Team News


Barnsley have one long-term absentee in defender Ben Williams, who has been out since August with a cruciate ligament injury. 

American forward Daryl Dike arrived at Barnsley last week on loan from MLS side Orlando City. He could make his debut.

Defender Toby Sibbick and midfielder Ronal Palmer have returned to training, but defender Aapo Halme will not win his fitness race to make Thursday’s cup tie. 

Chelsea Form


Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel to four matches on Sunday as they edged out the Premier League’s basement side Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Chelsea took a second half lead through Mason Mount, before the Blades restored parity through an Antonio Rüdiger own goal. 

Jorginho slotted home from the penalty spot just three minutes later to give Chelsea all three points and a third straight victory.

Chelsea also defeated Burnley 2-0 and Tottenham 1-0 and have now lost just once in their last six Premier League outings.

The Blues reached the fifth round of the FA Cup after wins over Morecambe 4-0 and Luton 3-1 under former boss Frank Lampard. 

Chelsea Team News


Thiago Silva was a recent casualty in the win over Tottenham and has subsequently been declared as unavailable for the trip to Oakwell.

Christian Pulisic was rested for the trip to Sheffield United due to family issues and could return.

Tammy Abraham looks set to be handed a role in the starting line-up along with Kai Havertz. The pair have been left out of the last two league victories.

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Verdict

A Premier League team visiting Championship counterparts always has the potential for an upset.

But there is little reason to suggest Chelsea are going to slip up. Back the Blues to win to nil and cover the -1 handicap.

Best Bet: Chelsea -1 Handicap @-125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Chelsea To Win To Nil @120.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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