FA Cup Semi-finals
Apr 17, 2022 KO: 15:30

Chelsea - Crystal Palace

Wembley Stadium London
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Loftus-Cheek 65'  
Mount 76'  

Match preview

Lukaku to return? - How Chelsea could line up in FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace

Chelsea's only chance at silverware is the FA Cup after Champions League quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday

Chelsea face Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon in the second FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

The winner will take on either Manchester City or Liverpool on Saturday, 14 May.

In the last fixture between the two London sides, in February, Chelsea came out 1-0 victors at Selhurst Park.

FOOTBALLTRANSFERS' MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS IN THE WORLD

Palace were without on-loan Blues youngster Conor Gallagher that day, and he will be on the sidelines once again on here.

Chelsea are missing Ben Chilwell, who has missed the majority of the season, as well as promising winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Edouard Mendy is expected to keep his place in goal, ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Antonio Rudiger and Thiago Silva should remain part of the backline, alongside captain Cesar Azpilicueta in a three-man defence.

Reece James and Marcos Alonso were excellent against Real Madrid and deserve to occupy the wide positions.

N'Golo Kante had, arguably, his worst performance in a Chelsea shirt and could lose his place to Jorginho in a match that the Blues will dominate possession.

Mason Mount hasn't been at his best for parts of this season, yet has still managed to register 25 goal contributions.

The Englishman forms a trio, alongside Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, that will worry the Palace defence.

Romelu Lukaku's return from injury might have to come from the bench in the second half at Wembley.

Predicted Chelsea XI

Chelsea - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

Chelsea
Statistics
Crystal Palace
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
9
Draws
1
6
Losses
4
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
38
34
Goals Per Game
1.90
1.70
More > 2.5 Goals
10
12
More > 3 Goals
7
6
Scored First in a Match
14
11
Scored Both Halves
6
5
Won More > 1 Goal
6
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
17
21
Did Not Score
2
4
Both Teams Scored
9
11
Kept Clean Sheet
10
7
Won Without Conceding
9
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
11
Shots on Target
5.50
4.72
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.17
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
3.08
2.19
Penalties
0.05
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.50
0.35
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.10
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
9.80
12
Shots on Target Conceded
3.28
3.55
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.09
0.10
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
14
9.80
Yellow Cards
1.45
1.30
Red Cards
0.00
0.00