Palace To Paint Wembley Red And Blue Again Just Six Years On From Last Visit

The day we have all been waiting for ever since the final whistle sounded after beating Everton handsomely in the sixth round, and while a victory over Chelsea will be celebrated almost like no other, this is an event that every single Palace fan will suck in and enjoy after what has been a tough few years for everyone.

DATE

17th April 2022

KICK OFF

4.30pm

VENUE

Wembley Stadium, London HA9 0WS

LAST TIME AT WEMBLEY

This was a painful one to re-live but our last trip to Wembley was for the FA Cup Final against Manchester United in May 2016. There was absolute pandemonium in the Palace end as Jason Puncheon scored with a little over ten minutes left to play but the underdogs were unable to compose themselves quick enough as United equalised through Juan Mata within minutes. It was all to play for heading into extra time but Jesse Lingard popped up to seal victory for United with ten minutes left to play. 

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Wilfried Zaha (7.9)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Anthony Taylor, Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, Fourth Official: David Coote, Reserve Assistant: Nick Hopton, VAR: John Brooks, AVAR: Daniel Robathan

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Tyrick Mitchell (calf) and Michael Olise (ankle) are both expected to feature after injury. Will Hughes (knock) may be a late decision while Nathan Ferguson (thigh) will miss out.

CHELSEA – Romelu Lukaku (calf) is back in training and challenging for a place in the side. Ross Barkley (illness) is questionable, while Ben Chilwell (knee) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (calf) will be absent.

DISCIPLINARY RECORD

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Reece James (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Conor Gallagher (8), Joel Ward (6), Antonio Rudiger (6), Marcus Alonso (6)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE trips for Palace to Wembley;

  • 21/05/16 Palace 1-2 United
  • 24/04/16 Palace 2-1 Watford
  • 27/05/13 Palace 1-0 Watford
  • 26/05/97 Palace 1-0 Sheffield United
  • 27/05/96 Leicester 2-1 Palace

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 19/02/22 Palace 0-1 Chelsea
  • 14/08/21 Chelsea 3-0 Palace
  • 10/04/21 Palace 1-4 Chelsea
  • 03/10/20 Chelsea 4-0 Palace
  • 07/07/20 Palace 2-3 Chelsea

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 10/04/22 Leicester 2-1 Palace
  • 04/04/22 Palace 3-0 Arsenal
  • 20/03/22 Palace 4-0 Everton
  • 14/03/22 Palace 0-0 City
  • 05/03/22 Wolves 0-2 Palace

Last FIVE results for Chelsea;

  • 12/04/22 Real Madrid 2-3 Chelsea
  • 09/04/22 Southampton 0-6 Chelsea
  • 06/04/22 Chelsea 1-3 Real Madrid
  • 02/04/22 Chelsea 1-4 Brentford
  • 19/03/22 Boro 0-2 Chelsea

ROAD TO THE FA CUP SEMI FINALS

  • Sixth Round – Palace 4-0 Everton; Boro 0-2 Chelsea
  • Fifth Round – Palace 2-1 Stoke; Luton 2-3 Chelsea
  • Fourth Round – Palace 2-0 Hartlepool; Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth
  • Third Round – Millwall 1-2 Palace; Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield

RECORD AGAINST CHELSEA

  • Played 59
  • Won 11
  • Drawn 15
  • Lost 33

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Mason Mount 7.21
  • Conor Gallagher 7.20
  • Reece James 7.18
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.93

ONE TO WATCH

MASON MOUNT

FORMER CLUBS – Boarhunt Rovers, United Services Portsmouth, Vitesse (loan), Derby Count (loan)

The midfielder is good form heading into the semi final and scored the goal that looked to set the Blues on their way in Madrid midweek, which was in fact his first one in the Champions League this season. He has scored 10 goals in the Premier League so far this season and made 8 assists.

KEY CLASH

PATRICK VIEIRA v THOMAS TUCHEL

We all know how tactically astute former Dortmund and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is so this will be a real test for Patrick Vieira in his early managerial career. The Frenchman will take a lot from the late home defeat against Chelsea a few weeks back where the Eagles performed admirably. Wembley and an FA Cup Semi Final will be a fairly different proposition but Vieira has previous in this competition and we are hoping he can mastermind an upset to see the Eagles through to what would be only a third FA Cup final.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace have not beaten Chelsea since October 2017 which was a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park. Since then there have been 7 games without a victory, the last 2 without scoring a goal.
  • Palace were last drawn against Chelsea in a cup competition in January 1993 (League Cup) which the Eagles won 3-1 at Selhurst.
  • The two sides have only met each other in the FA Cup on 5 occassions – the last being back in February 1976 which Palace caused a big shock with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (11 – 8th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (1915  – 9th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (94 – 2nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2228 – 9th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (51)
  • SAVES – Guaita (74 – 13th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

In the three FA Cup semi finals of the 1989/90 season (including a replay between Oldham and Manchester United), a total of 16 goals were scored by 16 different players. United (roll eyes) went on to lift the trophy that season which was the first silverware of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign and they became the last team to win the final comprised solely of players from the United Kingdom.

PREDICTIONS FROM THE TEAM HERE AT TEB

DAN CRAME – (2-1 Palace after extra time) – “So, Wembley it is again, six years on from when we were last there. Like many other Palace fans, I never expected it so soon and especially during what is supposed to be a season of transition under Patrick Vieira. Chelsea will undoubtedly be a huge test but I am confident we can give them a game, especially after their extra time loss in Madrid midweek.”

SAM CARP – (2-1 to Palace, after extra time) – “I’m usually the pessimist when it comes to Palace and on paper everything points to Chelsea going through. To reach the final, Palace are going to have to beat a team they have not triumphed over since 2017. They will have to snap a streak of nine straight defeats. They will also have to do something they have not done against Chelsea this campaign – find the back of the net. Thankfully for us, games are not played on paper and we can hope that Palace have learned enough from their meetings with the Blues this season to come out on top in the game that matters the most. My head still says a valiant 2-0 defeat but my heart says something entirely different!”

DONOGH HURLEY – (1-0 to Palace) – “Predictions? Expecting to have no fingers, let alone fingernails, come 7pm on Sunday. Hopeful of leaving Wembley with the intention of celebrating long into the night rather than trekking home miserably. Much has been made of the hangover Chelsea may have from their Champions League elmination, but that may mask their otherwise refound form of the past seven days. The tightness of the league game at Selhurst Park is evidence that we can compete and will get chances. Being clinical will be critical. If Guehi and Andersen’s fruitful partnership continues to flourish and holds out against Chelsea’s wealth of attacking options, it will be for Mateta or Wilf to take the great chance that comes their way.”

JAMIE LAWRENCE – ( 1-0 to Palace) – “I’m in two minds about this game, in what could be a defining fixture in our season. On one hand we’ve got a well-rested squad, unlike Chelsea who had a midweek fixture to concern themselves with and we’ve proved this season we can beat anybody on the pitch. However, we’ve also not been able to beat Chelsea, and without star man Conor Gallagher, I am not sure how effective we will be against a world class team. I am optimistic in that we are switched on for the full 90 minutes, that we press Chelsea and don’t sit back, nick the first goal and try to see the game out as we have proved before against Arsenal and City. If we play like I know we can, I think we can nick this but we need Chelsea to have an off day if we want to make the final.”

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 1/2
  • Draw – 14/5
  • Away – 5/1
  • Both teams to score – 19/20

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