Frank Lampard could hand debuts to summer signings Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva as his side look to bounce back from their Premier League defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.
Standing between the five-time winners and a place in the fourth round is a Barnsley team that have already knocked out both Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough over recent weeks.
As expected, Antonio Rudiger misses out altogether again for Chelsea, with Kurt Zouma providing bench cover for Silva and Tomori.
Is that the end of the German’s spell at Stamford Bridge? I’m sure Lampard will face more questions on that particular topic tonight.
So Thiago Silva does indeed make his Chelsea debut this evening, starting alongside Fikayo Tomori at centre-back.
Fellow new arrival Ben Chilwell has to make do with a place on the bench after recovering from a heel injury, but Kai Havertz starts along with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham – both of whom will be eager to make an impression on Lampard tonight.
Plenty of reports on social media that Antonio Rudiger has once again been left out of Frank Lampard’s squad amid talk of a potential move away from Chelsea.
There are suggestions that Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain have now expressed an interest in signing the German defender.
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Barnsley’s visit to Stamford Bridge will come too soon for fellow new arrival Hakim Ziyech, though the Moroccan and Christian Pulisic are making progress with their own respective recoveries.
« Chilwell is in the squad tomorrow and Christian and Hakim Ziyech are getting closer as well. »
Lampard is also expected to hand chances to a number of other players who have fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea since the glut of summer arrivals.
Frank Lampard could hand debuts to two of his summer signings tonight, with Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell fit and ready to feature.
Both defenders have missed the start of the new season having suffered injuries before making the move to west London.
The duo returned to training at Cobham last week and are now ready to be involved in Lampard’s plans going forward.
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Though Chelsea will make a number of changes with a trip to West Brom coming on Saturday, they’ll likely still have too much quality for Barnsley.
There is a heavy weight of expectation on the Blues to perform this season and after a perhaps sub-par start to their Premier League campaign, Lampard will be desperate to get it right on Wednesday.
The motivation will be high among the Chelsea squad, and I expect them to come out on top.
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