Chelsea will take on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals tie on Sunday, 17 April 2022, at Wembley Stadium. The winner of this tie will face Liverpool in the Final next month.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea is aiming to go through to the third consecutive FA Cup final, while the South London Eagles are set to spoil their party. Here we have everything to know about Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace FA cup semi-finals, start time, team news, prediction, and how to watch.
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Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: When and Where?
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace FA Cup semi-finals tie will go underway on Sunday, 17 April 2022, at 4:30 pm UK time, 3:30 pm GMT, and 11:30 am ET.
This exciting battle between the two London clubs will be held at Wembley, the home of Football in England. Fans of both the teams will cheer for their clubs on this neutral ground.
The West London giants Chelsea aim to go through to their third consecutive final in the famous FA Cup competition. They have got the bitter taste of defeat in the finals against Arsenal and Leicester City the last two seasons. The Blues will hope to make it to the final and win it this time.
Thomas Tuchel’s side is confident despite their departure from the Champions League quarter-finals. They put up a good show by pushing the second leg into extra time, coming from 3-1 goals behind against Real Madrid. The boys almost bagged an epic comeback, but their 3-2 goals win on the night was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals. However, Chelsea will be confident against Crystal Palace after back-to-back away wins, 6-0 goals against Southampton, and 3-2 goals against Real Madrid.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace have had ups and downs in the EPL this season, currently at the 10th position in the point table. However, this season, Patrick Vieira’s side has been a party spoiler by defeating top guns Manchester City, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur. They have almost claimed a draw against Chelsea at home, only losing at the 89th minute.
The South London club Crystal Palace will fancy their chances at Wembley to catch Chelsea on the counter and book a spot in the FA Cup final.
Head to Head
The head-to-head record makes Chelsea a clear favorite for the semi-final tie against Crystal Palace. The Blues have won 9 straight games against the London rivals, including both the matches this season in the EPL.
The most recent meeting at the Crystal Palace home Selhurst Park concluded in a 1-0 goal win in favor of Chelsea. The home side showed good defensive spirit, only to concede at the 89th minute when Hakim Ziyech broke the deadlock for the Blues.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Possible Lineup
Ben Chilwell and Hudson-Odoi are long-term absentees for Chelsea due to injury. Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku should return to this match who has full-time training with the team.
Mason Mount and Kai Havertz should be crucial players for Thomas Tuchel to score goals. The English forward Mason Mount has been on the scoresheet in the last two matches, Southampton and Real Madrid.
Chelsea Possible Lineup (3-5-2): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Marcos Alonso; Kai Havertz, Timo Werner
Conor Gallagher is not eligible for this match for Crystal Palace, which is a major setback for Patrick Vieira’s side. This English forward has made 13 goals contributions this season. Nathan Ferguson will also miss the match due to a hamstring.
Crystal Palace will look forward to Zaha finishing well in this match. Scoring goals will be his responsibility in this crucial match.
Crystal Palace Possible Lineup (4-3-3): Vicente Guaita; Nathaniel Clyne, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Trick Mitchell; James McArthur, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp; Jordan Ayew, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha
Chelsea is a clear favorite to win this match following their form and excellent record against Crystal Palace. They should secure an easy win to book a spot in the final.
Crystal Palace needs to defend well and try to catch Chelsea on the counter. The South London Eagles will have their chances which they need to finish well.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace Live Stream and TV Guide
Fans can enjoy Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace FA Cup semi-finals battle in the UK via ITV on TV. BBC One will also live telecast this match. You can also watch the live stream via BBC Sports website or BBC iPlayer.
ESPN and ESPN+ will telecast this match live in the United States, South America, and Australia regions. You can watch this match through beIN Sports from the Middle East. If you are someone from the South Asian region, you can watch this battle on Sony Networks. Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace will go underway at 4:30 pm UK time, which is 3:30 pm GMT, on Sunday.