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