Chelsea have won each of their last nine games against Crystal Palace by an aggregate score of 23-5, with the Blues going unbeaten against the Eagles since 2017. Chelsea have also reached the FA Cup final in four of the previous five seasons and have already reached the UCL, League Cup & FA Cup final and won the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup under Thomas Tuchel.
Kai Havertz is the ultimate big game player for Chelsea, scoring in the UCL final, the Club World Cup final, this season’s UCL L16 vs Lille & QF vs Real Madrid and the League Cup semi-final vs Spurs. The German has scored six goals in his last seven games across all competitions for Chelsea, including each of his last two.
Five of Chelsea’s last seven games in the Premier League have been 0-0 at HT, while the Blues have only conceded seven first half goals in their 30 league games this term. Only Man City have conceded fewer (6). Crystal Palace have also kept a clean sheet in the first half of six of their last eight Premier League games.
Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven games against Crystal Palace and in five of their last seven Premier League games in 2021/22. The Blues have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their 19 games in the UCL, FA Cup and League Cup this season. Palace have failed to score in six of their 11 games against the ‘Big Six’ this season.
All 11 of Chelsea’s semi-finals and finals since the start of last season have seen under 2.5 goals land.
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Chelsea vs Crystal Palace: Match Stats
Chelsea have won each of their last nine fixtures with Crystal Palace, all coming in the Premier League. In the club’s history, they’ve enjoyed five separate instances of ten plus successive wins against an opponent, most recently a run of eleven versus Brighton between 1967 and 2019.
Crystal Palace and Chelsea have both progressed from two of the four previous FA Cup ties between the sides, with this their first clash in the competition since round five in 1975/76, when the Eagles won 3-2.
Chelsea have lost each of their last two FA Cup London derbies, both coming against Arsenal in the 2017 and 2020 final. In fact, each of the Blues’ last six such losses in the competition have come at the hands of the Gunners, remaining unbeaten in the other ten London derby games before that 2017 final (eight wins and two draws).
Crystal Palace have progressed to the final of the FA Cup on two of the last three occasions they’ve reached the final four, most recently in 2015/16. This is their sixth appearance at this stage, though they are the only one of the remaining sides never to win the competition.
Including two-legged affairs, Thomas Tuchel has overseen eleven wins and one draw in 12 previous semi-final matches in all competitions, going on to progress to the final each time. Across his spells with Dortmund, PSG and current club Chelsea, his sides have scored 28 goals in these matches, conceding only four times, and keeping nine clean sheets.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was last involved in an FA semi-final in 2010-11, when at Man City, he came on as a late substitute in a 1-0 win over Man Utd at Wembley. As a player, he faced Chelsea in five different matches without ever losing in the competition (four wins and one draw), including the 2002 final, which turned out to be the second of his five trophies.