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Barnsley vs Chelsea Predictions & Tips - Chelsea to cruise in the FA Cup

  • Barnsley vs Chelsea predictions for Thursday's FA Cup fifth round tie
  • The game is being played at Oakwell (10.00pm SAST)
  • Chelsea have won their last 3 games
  • Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in the Carabao Cup earlier in the campaign
  • Chelsea have conceded 1 goal in 4 games under new boss Thomas Tuchel
  • I'm backing the Blues to win to nil
  • Best bets, betting tips and predictions for Barnsley vs Chelsea

Barnsley vs Chelsea Predictions

Chelsea have been very good since new boss Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard, conceding just one goal in four matches. The Blues should ease to a win to nil at Oakwell against Barnsley.

  • Chelsea have won their last 3 matches (Premier League).
  • Chelsea have kept 3 clean sheets in 4 matches since Thomas Tuchel took charge (Premier League). 
  • Chelsea beat Barnsley 6-0 in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
  • Barnsley are winless in their last 5 matches (Championship).


Chelsea have an 18-11 head-to-head lead over Barnsley, with five draws.

The two teams met in September 2020 in the Carabao Cup. Chelsea romped home 6-0. Kai Havertz scored a hat-trick, while Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, and Olivier Giroud also found the back of the net.

Barnsley Form

Barnsley did not play over the weekend as a waterlogged Oakwell could not see their clash with Derby in the Championship go ahead.

The Tykes have not won in their last five fixtures.

In their last league match, Valérien Ismael’s charges played out a bore draw at the City Ground as they held Nottingham Forest to a 0-0.

Previous to that result, the Tykes recorded a 2-2 home draw with Cardiff City to end a run of three straight defeats in the league.

Barnsley have beaten League Two Tranmere 2-0 and Championship leaders Norwich 1-0 to reach this stage of the FA Cup.

Barnsley Team News

Barnsley have one long-term absentee in defender Ben Williams, who has been out since August with a cruciate ligament injury. 

American forward Daryl Dike arrived at Barnsley last week on loan from MLS side Orlando City. He could make his debut.

Defender Toby Sibbick and midfielder Ronal Palmer have returned to training, but defender Aapo Halme will not win his fitness race to make Thursday’s cup tie. 

Chelsea Form

Chelsea are unbeaten in four matches under Thomas Tuchel. On Sunday, the London outfit edged the Premier League’s basement club Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

Chelsea have also defeated Burnley 2-0 and Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 of late and have now lost just once in their last six Premier League matches.

The Blues reached this stage of the FA Cup after wins over Morecambe 4-0 and Luton 3-1.

Chelsea Team News

Thiago Silva was a recent casualty in the win over Tottenham and has subsequently been declared as unavailable for the trip to Oakwell.

Christian Pulisic was rested for the trip to Sheffield United due to family issues and could return.

Tammy Abraham looks set to be handed a role in the starting line-up along with Kai Havertz. The pair have been left out of the last two league victories.

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The magic of the FA Cup will end for Barnsley on Thursday. I'm backing Chelsea with a -1 handicap and to win to nil.

Best Bet: Chelsea -1 Alternative Handicap @1.80 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Chelsea Win To Nil To Win To Nil @2.20 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units

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