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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Live Football Soccer 17 April 2022

While Patrick Vieira has stage managed several dramatic upsets this season, beating Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals would top the lot. Crystal Palace have lost their past nine games in succession against the west London club, with their last win coming in 2017 and giving Roy Hodgson his first victory as Palace manager. Wilfried Zaha scored the winner that day and, according to Jack Butland, Selhurst Park’s favourite son “will be up for it” at Wembley. Conor Gallagher, on loan from Chelsea, will not be able to play against his parent club, while Thomas Tuchel will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi but could welcome back Romelu Lukaku. Will Magee

Sunday 4.30pm ITV

Venue Wembley Stadium

Head to head Chelsea 30 Crystal Palace 11 Draws 15

Referee Anthony Taylor

This season G38 Y149 R6 4.08 cards/game (all competitions)

Odds H 8-13 A 11-2 D 3-1

CHELSEA

Subs from Mendy, Bettinelli, Sarr, Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Barkley, Saúl, Pulisic, Vale, Lukaku, Christensen, Chalobah, Ziyech

Doubtful Lukaku (achilles)

Injured Chilwell (knee, unknown), Hudson-Odoi (achilles, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y70 R1 (all competitions)

Form WWLLWW (all competitions)

Leading scorer Havertz 13 (all competitions)

CRYSTAL PALACE

Subs from Matthews, Benteke, Kelly, Banks, Hannam, Riedewald, Rak-Sakyi, Tomkins, Eze, Hughes, Ward, Milivojevic, Olise, Édouard, McArthur

Chelsea are eyeing their third successive FA Cup final appearance when they lock horns with Crystal Palace in the last four at Wembley.

The Blues will be keen to avoid a hangover from their frantic Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid in midweek, where the Blues fought back from 3-1 down to go ahead on the evening before succumbing in extra time.

Patrick Vieira’s side will be hoping for otherwise, with Palace set to be without their star performer this season, Conor Gallagher, against his parent club.

Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s FA Cup showdown.

Romelu Lukaku was absent for Chelsea’s midweek Champions League exit in Spain, with Tuchel revealing that the Belgian is suffering from an Achilles problem.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is expected to miss out this weekend – as is long-term absentee Ben Chilwell – although the Blues are hopeful Ross Barkley will be involved after he was sidelined in midweek through illness.

Crystal Palace team news

In a significant blow to Palace’s chances of sealing a place in the final, Gallagher is unable to play against his parent club.

It means Vieira will be forced into a reshuffle in midfield, with winger Michael Olise also a doubt to start the game as he continues his recovery from injury.

Palace are also hopeful Tyrick Mitchell will be fit and available after he was forced off with a calf problem in last weekend’s defeat at Leicester.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace score prediction

Defeat in the League Cup to Liverpool earlier this season, as well as last year’s failure at Wembley at the hands of Leicester, should not detract from Chelsea’s status as clear favourites.

Losing at Leicester brought Palace’s seven-game unbeaten run to an end, but they showed in the 3-0 defeat of Arsenal that they boast the quality to cut through the best of sides.

However, the Blues remain formidable on their day and they should have too much for Vieira’s men on Easter Sunday.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

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