Chelsea and Crystal Palace will compete for a place in the FA Cup final when they meet in the second semi-final to be held at Wembley Stadium tonight.
Road to Wembley Stadium
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Havertz.
Crystal Palace: Butland; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; McArthur, Kouyate, Schlupp; Eze, Mateta, Zaha.
* COMMENTARY BEFORE THE MATCH
As the three-horse race to buy Chelsea club from billionaire Abramovich comes to an end, “The Blues” are still fighting to maintain their campaign after being eliminated in the quarterfinals. Champions League painfully at the hands of Real Madrid. However, coach Tuchel’s side will face another tough test from Crystal Palace as they strive to qualify for the FA Cup final.
Crystal Palace (centre) is considered to have a physical advantage over Chelsea
Meanwhile, the well-renovated Crystal Palace are enjoying a successful first season under manager Vieira, with a revolutionary style of play and the ability to finish the Premier League season in the upper half. charts are within their reach. After witnessing a 7-match unbeaten streak ending at the hands of Leicester (1-2) over the weekend, the “Eagle” is aiming to participate in the third FA Cup final in the history of the club. them and for the first time since 2016.
With a 25-point gap between Chelsea (3rd place) and Crystal Palace (10) on the Premier League table, “The Blues” are of course more appreciated in this semi-final. Not to mention in the last 9 meetings between the two teams, Chelsea have won, with 5 matches keeping a clean sheet. In addition, “The Blues” only lost 2 of the last 10 matches in all competitions, the remaining 8 victories. And finally, coach Tuchel’s team is even more determined when the FA Cup is their last chance to help them win a title this season.
The FA Cup is the last chance for coach Thoms Tuchel’s team to find a title this season
However, when Chelsea put in a lot of effort in an epic but ultimately unsuccessful comeback in Madrid in the middle of the week, their fitness has dropped significantly. That will be an advantage for the “Eagles” because they have a whole week to rest and prepare for this important match. Although he did not have Gallagher’s technique and ingenuity, as he was not allowed to play against the host team, Crystal Palace was still full of cunning and lightning attacks, led by Zaha.
Therefore, if Chelsea retain the dominance in this match, Crystal Palace’s chance of reaching the final will not be high, even in the event that the two teams have to enter extra time.
Schedule and odds (notable matches)
– FA Cup semi-finals:
17.4, 22:30: Chelsea – Crystal Palace: Chelsea handicap 1 left, won 8.
– Premier League:
17.4, 20:15: Newcastle – Leicester: Newcastle handicap half, won 9
West Ham – Burnley: West Ham accepted half, one, won 9.
– La Liga:
17.4, 21:15: Atl.Madrid – Espanyol: Atl.Madrid handicap 1 left, left and a half, won 9
18.4, 2 hours: Sevilla – Real Madrid: Bronze ball, home team Sevilla won 8 .
GL (Source Asianbookie)