With attention turning to this week's Carabao Cup tie, we help set the scene by collecting together facts and figures related to the game...
Chelsea vs Barnsley head to head record
Chelsea and Barnsley have never previously played each other in the League Cup.
The last time our clubs met was in March 2008 when Avram Grant took his Blues side to Oakwell for a quarter-final FA Cup tie. Barnsley’s Kayode Odejayi scored the only goal just past the hour. The Tykes lost to Cardiff in the semi-final at Wembley.
Chelsea have won our past four home games against Barnsley in all competitions, scoring 12 goals in the process. The Tykes last win at the Bridge was 37 years ago in March 1983 in Division Two when Norman Hunter was their manager.
Last meeting at the Bridge
CHELSEA 2 BARNSLEY 0
Premiership, 31.01.98, 3pm
Chelsea (3-5-2): De Goey; Duberry, Leboeuf, Clarke; Charvet, Petrescu, Newton (Nicholls h/t), Wise (Sinclair 79), Le Saux; Vialli, M Hughes
Unused subs Hitchcock, Zola, Flo
Manager Ruud Gullit
Scorers Vialli 22, M Hughes 47
Barnsley (4-4-2) Watson; Eaden, De Zeeuw, Moses, Barnard; Bullock, Bosancic (Liddell 80), Redfearn, Sheridan (Morgan 56); Fjortoft (Hendrie 66), Ward
Unused subs Leese, Hristov
Manager Danny Wilson
Referee Jeff Winter
Biggest win for each team
Chelsea 6-0 Barnsley 1905/06 - Division Two
Barnsley 0-6 Chelsea 1997/98 - Premier League
Barnsley 4-0 Chelsea 1988/89 - FA Cup
Barnsley’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 3-0 in 1982/83 in Division Two
Frank Lampard’s side are looking to progress to the League Cup fourth round for the 10th successive season.
The last team to defeat us at the third-round stage was Newcastle in 2010/11 when they beat us 4-3 in a see-saw encounter. Shola Ameobi scored a stoppage time winner after Nicolas Anelka had equalised from the spot three minutes earlier.
The only other occasions we have been eliminated from the third round since the turn of the century were against Charlton at home on penalties in 05/06 and Liverpool at Anfield in 2000/01.
The last lower division side to knock us out of this competition was Burnley in the fourth round in 2008, on penalties at Stamford Bridge after extra-time. Huddersfield were the last Football League team to beat us in 90 minutes.
Mateo Kovacic’s next appearance will be his 100th for the Blues in all competitions.
Jorginho's made his 100th appearance for the Blues in all competitions against Liverpool.
Championship - 20th
FA Cup - fourth round
Carabao Cup - first round
Top scorer all competitions: Cauley Woodrow 15
Barnsley’s best season in the League Cup was in the 1981/82 season when they reached the quarter-finals for the first and only time, losing to Liverpool after a replay.
Barnsley are spending their 16th season in the Championship since they were relegated from the Premier League in 1998. They also dropped down to League One three times in that period.
Two stoppage-time winners in their last two games last season against Nottingham Forest and Brentford ensured Barnsley avoided relegation and secured a second successive season in the Championship.
Barnsley have lost both league games this term without scoring a goal, the most recent 0-2 at Reading on Saturday after having a player sent off in each half.
This is the first time The Tykes have reached this stage of the League Cup since 2017/18 when Tottenham defeated them 1-0 at Wembley.
Barnsley last reached the fourth round in 2009/10 when they lost 2-0 at home to Man Utd.
Barnsley’s road to the third round
First round, Nottingham Forest (h) W 1-0 - scorer Woodrow
Second round, Middlesbrough (a) W 2-0 - scorers Schmidt, Williams
Mark Robins was their manager the last occasion Barnsley defeated a Premier League side, in 2009 when they overcame Burnley, managed by Owen Coyle, 3-2 at Oakwell in the third round of the League Cup.
The last time the Tykes won away at a Premier League side was at Anfield against Liverpool in the fifth round of the 2007/08 FA Cup, when Simon Davey was in charge.
Austrian-born Gerhard Struber has been head coach at Oakwell since November 2019. He has never managed a game against Chelsea.
Barnsley's second round line-up
Tuesday 15 September
Middlesbrough 0 Barnsley 2
Team 3-4-3: Collins; Sollbauer (Halme 69), Helik, Andersen; Ludewig (Styles h/t), Mowatt (c), Ritzmaier, Williams; Thomas (Woodrow 61), Schmidt, Frieser
Scorers: Schmidt 22, Williams 34
2020/21 scorers in all competitions
Schmidt 1, Williams 1, Woodrow 1
Andreas Christensen and Barnsley’s Michal Helik and Mads Anderson are suspended following their red cards at the weekend.
Yellow cards only count in the competition they are received. In the Carabao Cup, two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension. The cut-off point is the quarter-finals, so no player can miss the final through cumulative yellows.
Darren Bond refereed two Barnsley Championship games last season and in their game at West Brom he issued 11 yellow cards. This is his first Chelsea appointment.