Date: Saturday 19th February 2022
Time: 4:00 pm
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Referee: David Coote (England)
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea

Crystal Palace Team News

Palace will be without Chelsea loanee and top scorer Conor Gallagher, who is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Nathan Ferguson is expected to be sidelined until April, but Cheikhou Kouyate should be available again after helping Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory.

Centre-back Marc Guehi should start against his former club, while Michael Olise will be hopeful of a starting role having been directly involved in seven goals from his last seven appearances.

Vieira has confirmed that James McArthur and Will Hughes should also be in contention after training with the squad this week.

Crystal Palace’s possible starting lineup:
Butland; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Kouyate, Hughes, Schlupp; Ayew, Edouard, Zaha

Chelsea Team News

Reece James travelled out to Abu Dhabi with the rest of the Chelsea squad but played no part in the Club World Cup as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

The full-back remains a doubt for this match, but he is closing in on a return and there is a chance he could be included in the matchday squad at Selhurst Park.

Fellow full-back Ben Chilwell remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury, while Mason Mount is also absent after suffering an ankle ligament injury in the Club World Cup final, with the midfielder now facing a race against time to be fit for the EFL Cup final.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek missed the trip to Abu Dhabi through injury but is now back in training and could be in contention to feature.

Tuchel may have one eye on Tuesday’s first leg with Lille too, which could open the door for fringe players such as Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech to feature.

Pulisic has scored five goals in his five top-flight meetings with Crystal Palace, while Ziyech has found the back of the net in his last two Premier League games for Chelsea.

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Chalobah, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Pulisic