As the now three-horse race to buy the club from Roman Abramovich reaches its final stages, Chelsea are fighting to keep their campaign on the pitch alive this weekend after a valiant but ultimately agonizing exit in the League quarter-finals champions at the hands of Real Madrid. in Spain.
But Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to face another stern test from capital city rivals Palace as they bid to reach their 16th FA Cup final on aggregate and fifth in the past. last six years.
The revamped Eagles are enjoying a successful first season under Patrick Vieira, with their style of play revolutionized and a first half within reach.
After seeing a seven-game unbeaten streak ruined by Leicester last time out, Palace are aiming to seal a third FA Cup final appearance and first since 2016, when they lost in extra time to Manchester United.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace is scheduled to kick off at 4.30pm BST on Sunday 17 April 2022.
The match will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
TV channel: Sunday’s semi-final will be shown live on ITV, with coverage starting at 3.45pm.
Direct: Television royalty payers can also watch the match live online via the ITV website or ITV Hub.
Live Blog: You can also follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live match blog, with James Robson at Wembley.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Team News
Romelu Lukaku is expected to be fit for Chelsea after returning to training following an Achilles injury which sidelined him for the midweek trip to Madrid.
However, Callum Hudson-Odoi remains absent with his own Achilles problem and Ben Chilwell (knee) is a long-time absentee. Ross Barkley has recovered from the bout of illness that saw him miss the Bernabeu, meanwhile.
Palace are still awaiting the fitness of Tyrick Mitchell (calf) and Michael Olise (foot), with both players eligible for individual training ahead of Sunday’s match. But Vieira has warned he won’t risk any key players if he isn’t 100 per cent fit and ready to play.
The unlucky Nathan Ferguson is definitely eliminated, while Will Hughes also landed a blow. Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, is ineligible to face his parent club after a request from Palace to allow him to play was refused.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Prediction
Chelsea will have displayed a lot of energy in their epic but ultimately unsuccessful return to Madrid, so Palace will feel a real chance of reaching May’s final.
Tuchel must keep things fresh in a bid to stave off exhaustion against a Palace side full of trickery and quick attacking talent, led by Wilfried Zaha but without the industry and trickery of Gallagher.
We anticipate a suspicious and tense affair at Wembley which may even require some extra time. But in the end, Chelsea should have enough to win.
Chelsea win, 1-0.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Hakim Ziyech notched a late winner when these two sides last met in the Premier League at Selhurst Park in February, while Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah were all on target in a 3-0 victory at the weekend season opener. at Stamford Bridge.
In fact, Palace have lost all of their last nine meetings against Chelsea, their last victory in October 2017.
Chelsea win: 33
Crystal Palace wins: 12