The Carabao Cup provides midweek action for the Blues so ahead of Wednesday night's third-round tie at Stamford Bridge, we begin our build-up with a selection of facts and figures...
Chelsea vs Grimsby head-to-head record
Chelsea and Grimsby have never previously met in the League Cup.Our most recent meetings with the Lincolnshire side were in the FA Cup, back in February 1996 when we drew 0-0 on a freezing night on Humberside and then won the replay 4-1 at the Bridge.
The teams lined up for our fifth round replay like this:
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Hitchcock; Duberry, Lee, Clarke; Petrescu, Gullit (Spackman 67), Wise, Phelan; Spencer, Peacock; Hughes (Furlong 85).Manager Glenn HoddleScorers Duberry 21, Hughes 53, Spencer 55, Peacock 57
Grimsby (4-4-2) Crichton; McDermott, Lever, Croft, Laws (Fickling 78); Childs (Dobbin 78), Groves, Shakespeare, Southall (Forrester 67); Livingstone, Woods.Player-manager Brian LawsScorer Groves 54
Referee Steve DunnAttendance 28,545The meeting before the 1996 FA Cup tie was in 1983/84 when Kerry Dixon scored the only goal at Blundell Park on the final day of the season to secure the Second Division championship.
Biggest win for each team
Chelsea 5-0 Grimsby Town - 1930/31 - Division OneGrimsby Town 3-0 Chelsea - 1936/37 - Division OneGrimsby’s biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 2-0 in 1935/36 in Division One
Chelsea's recent League Cup record
Chelsea are looking to progress to the League Cup fourth round for the ninth successive season. Highlights of last season's third-round match are below...
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.
Grimsby in the League Cup
Best seasons in the competition
Quarter finals: 1965/66, 1979/80 and 1984/85Fourth round: 1966/67, 1971/72, 1997/98 and 2001/02
Last seasonLeague Two - 17thFA Cup - third roundCarabao Cup - first roundEFL Trophy - group stageTop scorer all competitions: Wes Thomas 11
Since we last met in the Second Division in 83/84, Grimsby have bounced between the second, third and fourth tiers until their relegation from the Football League in 2010. After spending six years in the National League, as it is called now, they were promoted back into League Two via the play-offs in 2016. They have finished 14th, 18th and 17th in the division since then.
Grimsby are currently ninth in League Two with 15 points from their first 10 games, seven points off leaders Exeter.
They are the division's fourth-highest scorers with 16 goals, behind Cheltenham 19, Swindon 18 and Crewe 17.
This is the first time the Mariners have reached this stage of the League Cup since 2005/06 when Newcastle knocked them out.
Grimsby last reached the fourth round in 2001/02 when they lost to Arsenal having beaten Lincoln, Sheffield United on penalties and Liverpool at Anfield also on penalties.
Grimsby have sold out of their 5,118 allocation which is more than their average home crowd at Blundell Park this season (3,816).
Grimsby’s road to the third round
First round, Doncaster (h) W 1-0 - scorer CookSecond round, Macclesfield (h) D 0-0, won 5-4 on penalties
The last occasion Grimsby defeated a Premier League side was in 2005 when they overcame Tottenham, managed by Martin Jol, 1-0 at Blundell Park in the second round of the League Cup.
Sheffield-born manager Michael Jolley has been in charge at Grimsby since March 2018. He have never managed against Chelsea.
On Saturday the Mariners managed their first league victory since the end of August.
GRIMSBY’S MOST RECENT GAME
League Two Saturday 21 SeptemberGrimsby Town 1 Macclesfield Town 0Team 4-3-3: McKeown (c); Hewitt, Waterfall, Gibson, Hendrie; Cook (Clifton 73), Hessenthaler, Robson (Whitehouse 84); Green, Hanson, Rose (Wright h/t)Scorer: Robson 56Attendance: 3,794
Grimsby's League Two scorers
Hanson 5 (2 pens), Cook 2, Green 2, Whitehouse 2, Ogbu 1, Ohman 1, Robson 1, Waterfall 1, Wright 1.
No League Two player has been involved in more goals than James Hanson – five goals, three assists.
There are no suspensions
Yellow cards only count in the competition in which 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.
CHELSEA VS GRIMSBY REFEREE
Referee: Keith Stroud
This will be Stroud’s third Blues game, all in the League Cup. The previous two were also at the Bridge against Burnley in 2008 and Bristol Rovers in 2016.