Chelsea will play Middlesbrough or Barnsley at home in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The Blues are guaranteed to meet Championship opposition after this afternoon’s draw for the second and third round of the competition we last won in 2015 was made.
A meeting with Middlesbrough would of course be a rerun of the 1998 final, when goals from Frank Sinclair and Roberto Di Matteo secured the trophy for Gianluca Vialli’s Blues. We last played Boro in May 2017 on a night which condemned them to relegation to the Championship, where they have been ever since. They beat Shrewsbury 4-3 on Friday to book their place in the second round.
Barnsley meanwhile dramatically survived relegation to League One in the final minute of last season, and started this campaign with an impressive 1-0 Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest yesterday.
We last met the Tykes in March 2008, when they shocked us in the FA Cup quarter-finals, winning 1-0 at Oakwell. Should they beat Middlesbrough, it will be their first visit to Stamford Bridge since January 1998.
The tie will take place the week commencing Monday 21 September, between our Premier League fixtures at home to Liverpool and away to West Bromwich Albion. Middlesbrough meet Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium a week before.
The full third round draw is:
Bradford City or Lincoln City v Liverpool
Bristol City or Northampton Town v Burton Albion or Aston Villa
Morecambe or Oldham Athletic v Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers
Reading or Luton Town v Manchester United
Derby County or Preston North End v Brighton and Hove Albion or Portsmouth
Ipswich Town or Fulham v Rochdale or Sheffield Wednesday
Manchester City v Bournemouth or Crystal Palace
Millwall or Cheltenham Town v Burnley or Sheffield United
Chelsea v Middlesbrough or Barnsley
Wolves or Stoke v Gillingham or Coventry
Leicester v Arsenal
West Brom or Harrogate Town v Southampton or Brentford
Newport or Cambridge United v Oxford United or Watford
Fleetwood or Port Vale v Everton or Salford
Leyton Orient or Plymouth Argyle v Tottenham
West Ham or Charlton Athletic v Leeds or Hull City
This season the Carabao Cup semi-finals will be one-legged ties, with the game to be played at the venue of the club drawn out first.
Carabao Cup dates 2019/20
22/23 September 2020
29/30 September 2020
22/23 December 2020
5/6 January 2021
28 February 2021 (Wembley)