Blues Bulletin: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

Our FA Cup quest continues at Wembley on Sunday when we will be looking to build on our impressive semi-final record in the competition. More information on that statistic and plenty more can be found here...

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace head to head

Chelsea v Crystal Palace in the FA Cup

Our FA Cup scorers against Crystal Palace
Tommy Baldwin 2, Peter Houseman 2, Peter Osgood 2, John Dempsey 1, Ian Hutchinson 1, Francis O’Hara 1, Albert Thain 1, Steve Wicks 1, Ray Wilkins 1

Chelsea are going for a 10th successive win against Crystal Palace in all competitions for the first time. Thomas Tuchel’s side won both of our Premier League games this term.

The Eagles’ last win against Chelsea was in October 2017 at Selhurst Park in the Premier League. Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso were both in the Blues side that day.

Our last meeting in the FA Cup

Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 3
Fifth round, Stamford Bridge, 14 February 1976, 3pm

Chelsea: Peter Bonetti, Gary Locke, Ron Harris, Charlie Cooke, Micky Droy (David Hay 56), Steve Wicks, Ian Britton, Ray Wilkins, Teddy Maybank, Ken Swain, Bill Garner
Booked: Droy
Scorers: Wilkins 62, Wicks 71
Manager: Eddie McCreadie

Crystal Palace: Paul Hammond, Peter Wall, Jim Cannon, Derek Jeffries, Stewart Jump, Ian Evans, Nicky Chatterton, Martin Hinshelwood, Alan Whittle, Dave Swindlehurst, Peter Taylor
Unused sub: Phil Holder
Scorers: Chatterton 37, Taylor 40, 76
Manager: Malcolm Allison

Referee: Pat Partridge
Attendance: 54,407

Biggest win for each team
Chelsea 6-2 Crystal Palace 1997/98 (Premier League)
Crystal Palace 7-1 Chelsea 1905/06 (FA Cup)

Chelsea stats

Chelsea are seeking to reach the FA Cup final for the fifth time in the last six seasons, and the 16th overall. Only Arsenal (21) and Man Utd (20) have reached the final more often than the Blues.

Excluding the three matches played there as a Tottenham home game, the Blues will play our 27th game at the new Wembley since the opening in 2007, more than any other side.

The Blues have won nine of our previous 10 FA Cup semi-finals played at Wembley: against Kerry Dixon’s Luton Town in 1994, Newcastle in 2000, Arsenal in 2009, Aston Villa in 2010, Tottenham twice in 2012 and 2017, Southampton in 2018, Man Utd 2020 and Man City last year. Our only defeat came in 2013 against Manchester City.

FA Cup scorers
Lukaku 3, Werner 2, Ziyech 2 (1 pen), Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Christensen 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Saul 1

FA Cup quarter-final line-up
Saturday 19 March
Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 2
Team (4-1-4-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Sarr; Loftus-Cheek; Ziyech (Kenedy 81), Mount, Kovacic (Kante 68), Pulisic (Werner 68); Lukaku (Vale 84)
Scorers: Lukaku 15, Ziyech 31

Crystal Palace stats

Best seasons in the FA Cup

Runners-up: 1989/90, 2015/16
Semi-finals: 1975/76, 1994/95
Quarter-finals: 1964/65, 1981/82, 2018/19

This season

Premier League: 10th (31 games)
FA Cup: Semi-finals
Carabao Cup: Second round

Top scorers all competitions: Zaha 12, Gallagher 8, Edouard 6, Mateta 6
Most assists all competitions: Olise 8, Gallagher 5, Anderson 3, Ayew 3, Edouard 3
Most starts all competitions: Guehi 35, Mitchell 34, Gallagher 31
Most clean sheets all competitions: Guaita 9, Butland 2

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.

After their Premier League defeat to Chelsea on 19 February, Palace went on a seven-match unbeaten run (five wins) that ended last weekend at Leicester.

FA Cup scorers
Olise 2, Guehi 2, Mateta 2, Hughes 1, Kouyate 1, Riedewald 1, Zaha 1

Palace have lost their past five penalty shoot-outs going back to 2007. The last time they were successful was in the First Division play-off semi-final against Sunderland in May 2004.

As player for Arsenal, Patrick Vieira won all four FA Cup ties against Chelsea – fifth round in 2001, the final in Cardiff in 2002, the quarter-final after a replay in 2003, and the fifth round in 2004.

Patrick Vieira’s managerial record against Chelsea

Won 0
Drawn 0
Lost 2


Conor Gallagher is ineligible to play against his parent club. He has started 31 of Palace’s 36 league and cup matches this season.

There are no suspensions.

In the FA Cup, two yellow cards result in a one-match-suspension in the competition. However, all cautions not leading to a suspension expired after the quarter-finals.

Chelsea: Havertz 1, Jorginho 1, Sarr 1, Saul 1
Crystal Palace: Schlupp 2, Butland 1, Gallagher 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Anthony Taylor
VAR: John Brooks
Anthony Taylor is the official for a fifth Chelsea game this season and first since early January. The others were all Premier League games against Liverpool (home and away), Man Utd at Stamford Bridge and away to Brentford. Taylor refereed Palace's third round FA Cup tie at Millwall in January.

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