Thiago Silva is handed his Chelsea debut for tonight’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Barnsley.
The defender has not featured since joining the Blues, but having built up his fitness since starting training last week, that changes with Frank Lampard’s first cup selection of the season.
Another new signing, Ben Chilwell, is on the bench. Overall Lampard makes eight changes to the side that started against Liverpool.
Willy Caballero, Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta, Emerson, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham are the others who are handed their first starts of 2020/21. Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic feature from the off for the second time in four days.
Young keeper Nathan Baxter is named on the bench for the first time, while a former Blues keeper, Bradley Collins, is in goal for Barnsley.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Tomori, Thiago Silva, Emerson; Barkley, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Havertz, Mount; Abraham.
Subs Baxter, Zouma, Chilwell, James, Jorginho, Giroud, Werner.
Barnsley (5-3-2): Collins; Ludewig, Sollbauer, Halme, Williams, Styles; Ritzmaier, Mowatt, Woodrow; Frieser, Schmidt.
Subs Walton, Oduor, Moon, Simoes, Chaplin, Adeboyejo, Thomas.
The referee is Darren Bond.
The match is being streamed live in the UK on the carabaocup.live website. The match pass costs £10. Due to EFL broadcast rights we are unable to offer Live Audio Commentary of tonight’s match.
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
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.