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Chelsea match preview: Chelsea vs Barnsley; Chelsea team and squad news

Chelsea’s hosting of Barnsley in the Carabao Cup tonight is a first for these teams in this competition. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton preview the encounter…
Changes in the Carabao Cup

The 61st League Cup campaign will also see a few changes this season. Most importantly there is no extra time; matches tied at the final whistle will conclude with penalty kicks in the old A-B-A-B format.

Rounds Four of this competition is next week, the quarter-finals are fixed for just after the European competition group stages in the run-up to Christmas, and the semi-finals, reduced from the usual two legs to a one-off, are set for early January. The final is to be staged at Wembley on Sunday 28 February.

Chelsea’s recent record in the League Cup2019/20 Round 42018/19 Runners-up2017/18 Semi-finalists2016/17 Round 42015/16 Round 42014/15 Winners

Man in black

Tonight’s referee is Darren Bond, who usually officiates Championship matches. He is no stranger to Stamford Bridge, though with a flag not a whistle – he ran the line during several of the Blues’ matches in 2011/12.

Like last season, the EFL has elected to use the Video Assistant Referee system only in the semi-finals and final.

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