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Chelsea predicted lineup vs Crystal Palace - FA Cup

Craig Vickers
Tuchel animated on the touchline
Tuchel animated on the touchline / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages
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Chelsea will square off with Crystal Palace in the semi-finals of the FA Cup as Thomas Tuchel looks to take his side into their third domestic cup final on the spin.

The Blues were sent packing in the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek when Karim Benzema struck in extra time for Real Madrid after a heroic comeback from Tuchel's men at the Bernabeu.

Having also tasted penalty-shootout heartbreak in the League Cup final earlier this year, Chelsea will be keen to make amends when they return to Wembley this weekend.

Here's how the Blues could line up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Thiago Silva
Silva in action / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Edouard Mendy (GK) - Produced a memorable performance in the League Cup final on his last Wembley outing.

Andreas Christensen (CB) - Looks set to depart Chelsea this summer, but he remains an important player under Tuchel in the interim.

Thiago Silva (CB) - Would cap off another excellent season for the Brazilian were he to get his hands on silverware.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - Doubled Chelsea's lead in the Bernabeu with a bullet header in midweek, and Tuchel will hope to see similar this weekend.

2. Wing-backs & midfielders

Reece James
James continues to impress for Chelsea / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Reece James (RWB) - Footage has emerged of Karim Benzema requesting the full back's shirt, which says it all about his ability relative to the best in the world.

N'Golo Kante (CM) - Didn't cover himself in glory by conceding possession in the lead-up to Rodrygo's strike in midweek.

Jorginho (CM) - Always at the centre of attention for Chelsea, either providing a decisive moment or letting one slip through his fingers.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) - Has stepped up in the absence of Ben Chilwell, with only a VAR intervention denying him a goal on his return to face former club Real.

3. Forwards

Kai Havertz
Havertz has netted twice since returning from International duty / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Mason Mount (RW) - The England international has already registered double figures in both goals and assists this term.

Kai Havertz (ST) - Not as physically imposing as Lukaku, but the German offers everything Tuchel requires in a centre forward.

Christian Pulisic (LW) - Missed a crucial change for Chelsea to send his side into the semi-finals in normal time in Madrid.

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