Chelsea line up vs Barnsley

As he indicated yesterday, Thomas Tuchel hands starts to Kepa Arrizabalaga, N'Golo Kante, Hakim Ziyech and Billy Gilmour.

There is also a first start under the new boss for Kurt Zouma who will play alongside Andreas Christensen at the heart of the defence. Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso are also selected. 

Tammy Abraham leads the attack with Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the line-up.

Two Academy midfielders, 19-year-old Tino Anjorin and 18-year-old Lewis Bate, who was an unused sub at Sheffield United last season, are among the subs.

Barnsley have former Chelsea Academy player Brad Collins in goal, as they did for our 6-0 Carabao Cup win against them earlier in the season.

Chelsea Kepa; Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Hudson-Odoi, Kante (c), Gilmour, Alonso; Ziyech, Abraham, Pulisic. 

Subs Caballero, Azplicueta, James, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kovacic, Bate, Anjorin, Giroud.

Barnsley Collins; Brittain, Sibbick, Andersen; Helik, Kane, Mowatt (c), Styles; Woodrow, Chaplin, Adeboyejo. 

Subs Walton, Sollbauer, Moon, Oduor, Williams, Dike, Frieser, Palmer, Thompson.

The referee is Martin Atkinson

Stats recap

Chelsea and Barnsley lock horns for the second time this season.

The last time our clubs met at Oakwell 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 went on to lose to Cardiff in the semi-final at Wembley.

Our only other FA Cup meeting was in 1988/89 in the third round. Barnsley won 4-0.

Chelsea stats

Chelsea are hoping to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the fifth time in six seasons.

Chelsea have progressed from 52 of our last 54 FA Cup ties against sides from a lower division, only losing against Barnsley in 2008 and Bradford City in 2015.

The last team from a lower division to beat the Blues in the FA Cup was Bradford City in the fourth round in 2015 at Stamford Bridge. The Bantams were sixth in League One at the time and ended our run of 12 successive home victories by winning 4-2.

Our 1-0 defeat away to Barnsley in 2008 was the last time we lost to a Championship side in the FA Cup.

This season’s award for Save of the Fourth Round went to Kepa Arrizabalaga, for his save in our game against Luton Town.