Chelsea FC vs Crystal Palace LIVE! FA Cup match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today

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Jack Butland’s warning for Chelsea

Jack Butland has backed Wilfried Zaha to put on a show at Wembley and warned Chelsea that Crystal Palace are a force to be reckoned with under Patrick Vieira.

The Eagles face Thomas Tuchel’s European champions in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Vieira has transformed Palace into a side capable of taking on the best and they have beaten Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal this season.

Zaha has already scored more goals this season (12) than he has managed in any campaign in his second spell at Palace and Butland says the Ivory Coast international will be ready for the big occasion this weekend.

You can read Butland’s full comments here.

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prediction

Chelsea will have exerted a lot of energy during their epic but ultimately unsuccessful comeback bid in Madrid, so Palace will sense a real chance to reach May’s final.

Tuchel must keep things fresh in a bid to ward off exhaustion against a Palace side full of trickery and pacey attacking flair, spearheaded by Wilfried Zaha but without the industry and guile of Gallagher.

We are anticipating a cagey, tense affair at Wembley that may even require extra time. But in the end, Chelsea should have enough to come out on top.

Chelsea to win, 1-0.

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Crystal Palace team news

Palace are still waiting on the fitness of Tyrick Mitchell (calf) and Michael Olise (foot), with both players able to take part in some individual training ahead of Sunday’s game. But Vieira has warned that he won’t risk either key player if they are not 100 per cent fit and ready to feature.

The unlucky Nathan Ferguson is definitely out, while Will Hughes has also been carrying a knock. Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher is ineligible to face his parent club after a request from Palace allowing him to play was denied.

Predicted XI: Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Kouyate, Schlupp; Ayew, MacArthur, Zaha; Mate.

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Chelsea team news

Romelu Lukaku should be fit for Chelsea after returning to training in the aftermath of an Achilles injury that saw him sidelined for the midweek trip to Madrid.

However, Callum Hudson-Odoi remains out with his own Achilles issue and Ben Chilwell (knee) is a long-term absentee. Ross Barkley has recovered from the bout of illness that saw him miss out at the Bernabeu, meanwhile.

Predicted XI: mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Havertz.

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How to watch Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

TV channels: Today’s semi-final tie will be broadcast live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 3:45pm.

Livestream: Television license-fee payers can also catch the game live online via the ITV website or ITV Hub.

liveblog: You can also follow all the action right here, with James Robson at Wembley.

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Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Crystal Palace at Wembley!

It’s the second FA Cup semi-final, as the two London clubs battle it out for the right to face Liverpool in the final next month.

We’ll have all the latest updates and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 4:30pm BST. Stay tuned!

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