Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Buoyed by the Premier League win over Sheffield United, Chelsea will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Barnsley at Oakwell in the FA Cup round 5. The Blues have been producing fine displays ever since Thomas Tuchel took over the reins, and it is no wonder bookies see them as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Both Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz remain in the recovery room, while Abraham, Kante, Ziyech, Zouma, and Alonso are all pushing for a start.
Barnsley booked their place in the FA Cup last 16 by beating Tranmere (2-0) and Norwich City (1-0), but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Chelsea. Considering that the Blues have been in a fine form of late, punters can find value in betting on the Premier League side. The likes of Halme, Kitching, and Williams are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Patrick Schmidt):
Patrick Schmidt is an Austria international who plays for Championship club Barnsley as a forward. Born in Eisenstadt, Austria on July 22, 1998 Schmidt began his senior career at Admira Wacker. After making 46 appearances for Admira Wacker II, the 179-cm tall striker started playing for the first-team in the 2016/2017 Austrian Bundesliga season.
Three years later Patrick Schmidt decided to take a step forward in his football career as he signed a four-year deal with Barnsley. The full-of-pace forward scored eight goals in the 2018/2019 season for Admira and he is widely expected to shine with the Tykes in the 2019/2020 Championship campaign. It has to be noted that Schmidt played for Austria U16, U17, U18 and U19 teams.
The Barnsley attacker currently represents Austria U21 team in international matches. His main position is centre-forward, but he is used as both left and right winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.