Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Chelsea will be aiming to kick off their EFL Cup campaign in style when they host Barnsley at their Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. Following a 3-1 win over Brighton in their Premier League opener, the Blues suffered a 2-0 loss to Liverpool at the weekend, with Andreas Christensen being sent off. The Danish defender will have to serve his ban in the Premier League match against WBA, but he is available for selection for the Barnsley game.
The Tykes, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Luton and Reading at the start of the new Championship campaign. Barnsley have been struggling in front of goal of late, and they are unlikely to spoil Chelsea’s party at Stamford Bridge. When the two teams met in the FA Cup twelve years ago Barnsley eliminated Chelsea, meaning that Frank Lampard’s troops are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Timo Werner):
Timo Werner is a German starlet, who began his senior career at Vfb Stuttgart. The German forward, who was born in Stuttgart on March 6, 1996, scored 13 goals in 95 appearances in the league for Die Schwaben and in 2016 he moved to fellow Bundesliga side Leipzig and he impressed with the Red Bulls in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign, scoring 21 goals in the process.
To make things even better for the talented attacker, he represented Germany at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and it has to be noted that he provided an assist for Lars Stindl in the title game. Despite the fact that coach Joachim Low rested star players at the tournament in Russia, the Germans eventually won the trophy.
Timo Werner played for the Germany U17 team as well and he won the silver medal with die Mannschaft at the 2012 UEFA European Championship. His main position is centre forward, but he is used as a winger as well. Timo Werner’s contract with Leipzig should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887.
The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game.
Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.