1 minute Peep peep! The palace, dressed in its red and blue uniform, goes from left to right. Chelsea They are in their elegant yellow ensemble away. And it actually looks like three in the back of the palace.
Players come out of the tunnel In the sunshine of Wembley. It’s a wonderful day in North West London.
Question for Palace fans
Can you recommend a book about the club’s glory years under Steve Koppel and Alan Smith? And if not, could one of you write it please?
There is some speculation that Palace will also play three defenses, with Shekho Kouyate falling into defence. We’ll find out soon.
Chelsea (possible 3-4-1-2) soggy. Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho; Kovacic, Alonso; many; Havertz, Werner.
Alternatives: Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva, Sarr, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Pulisic, Ziyech, Lukaku.
Crystal Palace (possible 4-3-3) Bitland. Ward, Andersen; Joyhee, Mitchell; MacArthur, Coyat, Schlopp; Zaha, Matita, Ezekiel.
Alternatives: Guaita, Clyne, Kelly, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Olise, Ayew, Edouard, Benteke.
to rule Anthony Taylor.
“I thought Palace did well to stay 0-0,” he said. “But then I realized it hadn’t started yet,” says Ian Copstick.
Thomas Tuchel’s thoughts before the match
“This is good [to have another big game straight after the Real Madrid defeat]It sharpens your mind and focus automatically. Being here at Wembley is the right occasion to turn things around. [Romelu Lukaku] He wasn’t fit enough to play 90 minutes, he’s not fit enough to withstand the intensity of our game. He had an injury, so his physique is not there; Otherwise, there was a high chance that he would have started today.
“We’re in good shape. We’ve had two very good performances in the last two games. It’s a very active team, it’s good to watch, they have a lot of individual quality and speed up front. It’s a tough team and a great occasion.”
Patrick Vieira’s thoughts before the match
“It’s great to be here. It’s a great day for the football club – the fans, the players and the coaching staff – and we want to enjoy it. The best way to do that is to perform as best we can. I was really happy with the way [Eze] I played against Leicester. He might not give us the run Connor does but he’s really good at handling the ball; He can create opportunities, he can dodge. I expect him to do well today.
“It’s about performing as a team. We know how good they are but we have the tools to make it difficult for them. We need to enjoy the occasion.”
This is a really fun piece On the man behind the man in the palace
Three changes from Chelsea From their 3-2/5-4 win in Madrid. Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Andreas Christensen will replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kante and Thiago Silva.
Patrick Vieira makes four changes to Palace’s side who lost 2-1 at Leicester last weekend. Jack Butland, Joel Ward, James McArthur and Iberichi Eazy replace Vicente Guaita, Nathaniel Klein, disqualified Conor Gallagher and Jordan Ayew. MacArthur also leads the side.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup semi-final match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace in Wembley. There are two ways this can happen – the familiar tale or the fairy tale. Chelsea hopes to reach the eleventh FA Cup final since the turn of the century. Palace is seeking to reach the FA Cup final for the third time in its entire history.
The mansion would be without infectious Conor Gallagher, whose father won’t let him out to play tonight. Oh and they lost their last nine matches against them Chelsea. But for all my frankly inappropriate sadness and gloom, Pallas would imagine their chances of being upset. They’re in great shape, they’ve upset a number of big clubs this season and they have an outside chance of finishing the league at the highest level since the great 1990-91 season. An FA Cup final appearance would be a great start to the first season under Patrick Vieira.
Chelsea want to repeat the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool, ideally without Kepa hitting the crucial penalty halfway against Harlesden. They can still do a treble of sorts – the Club World Cup, the Super Cup and the Cup FA cup It would be a decent return, especially given their troubles off the field.
Palace hope Chelsea’s emotional Champions League defeat to Real Madrid has left him out too much. We’ll find out soon enough.
Starting 4.30 pm GMT.
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