Leeds United have an uphill task as they host Chelsea needing a victory to bring them out of the dreaded relegation zone.

Chelsea will need to keep their heads up when they take on Crystal Palace in the semifinal of the Emirates FA Cup.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are feeling the blues after being dumped out of the UEFA Champions League despite a 3-2 away win against Real Madrid.

The FA Cup remains Chelsea’s only realistic hope left for silverware this season and should be up for the test.

Chelsea were made to work for their 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park back in February but are within sights of a ninth FA Cup crown.

Palace are coming from a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City and know the magnitude of this encounter, having not featured at this stage since 1996.

Who will book a final spot come Sunday? Play here to make your predictions for the clash.

What time does Chelsea vs Crystal Palace start?

The game kicks off at 6:30pm Kenyan time at Wembley.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace team news

Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku are all absent for the Blues.

Stalwart Cesar Azpilicueta made a rapid recovery from COVID-19 and will be available to start as well as Timo Werner and Jorginho.

Kai Havertz will continue with his starting place up front, supported by Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech.

For the visitors, James MacArthur will start in place of Connor Gallagher, who is not allowed to play against his parent club.

Jean-Phillipe Mateta will be tasked with the job of scoring goals up front, alongside Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace head to head

Palace have only won 4 times against Chelsea in their history, with the Blues winning 17 times.

There has never been a draw between these two sides.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace current form

Chelsea’s record in their last five games has two defeats, to Real Madrid and Brentford, but have won the rest.

Palace have only lost and drawn once in that run, winning the rest.

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace prediction

Despite their recent improved form, Palace are a weaker side than Chelsea and the Blues are tipped to win comfortably here.

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