Barnsley v Chelsea live stream, BBC, Thursday 11 February, 7.30pm GMT
Thomas Tuchel will be looking to maintain his unbeaten start to life as Chelsea manager when his side face Barnsley in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The sacking of Frank Lampard last month was contentious, but Tuchel has done an excellent job in his first couple of weeks at the helm. Following a 0-0 draw with Wolves (opens in new tab) in his first game at the helm, Tuchel has overseen victories over Burnley (opens in new tab), Tottenham (opens in new tab) and Sheffield United (opens in new tab) to put the Blues back into top-four contention. Chelsea (opens in new tab) are now up to fifth, just one point behind Liverpool (opens in new tab) in the final Champions League qualification spot. Things are certainly looking up at Stamford Bridge, even if a title challenge - the target for Chelsea at the start of the season - is now out of the question.
The FA Cup offers Tuchel the best chance of winning a trophy in his debut campaign. Chelsea have done well in this competition during the Roman Abramovich era, winning the prize in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2018. Nothing should be taken for granted, but the draw for the fifth round has been relatively kind to the Blues. A place in the quarter-finals is theirs for the taking.
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Barnsley head into this game in poor form, having failed to win any of their last five games. That run has seen them slide down the standings, and their play-off hopes are now hanging by a thread: the Tykes are currently nine points adrift of the top six. Barnsley beat Tranmere and Norwich in the third and fourth rounds respectively, but this is a different test altogether.
Tuchel is likely to rotate his team ahead of Monday’s meeting with Newcastle (opens in new tab) in the Premier League. Kai Havertz has been struggling with a knock but could be fit enough to start, while Thiago Silva is definitely out with a muscular problem.
Barnsley will have to make do without Ben Williams, but Ismael has no fresh injury concerns to deal with. The Tykes are unlikely to have much of the ball despite playing at home, and defensive organisation will be key to their chances of an upset.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm GMT and the game is being shown on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK. See below for watching details where you are.
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