Score and latest updates from FA Cup semi-final

If Crystal Palace are to triumph at Wembley this afternoon, they will need to invoke the mighty Magic of The Cup ™. They have lost their last nine games in a row against Chelsea, with their last win coming five years ago in Roy Hodgson’s fifth game in charge.

Palace are a very different proposition under Patrick Vieira, who has fulfilled his remit to transform them from cautious Premier League survival experts into a more ambitious, attack-minded team. He has already orchestrated impressive upsets against Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in the league this season, but lost 3-0 to Chelsea in his first competitive game in charge and then again, by a tight 1-0 scoreline, in February.

Vieira will be without Conor Gallagher this afternoon as the England international, on loan from Chelsea, is not allowed to play against his parent club. The Blues rejected a request from Palace to give Gallagher permission to feature, with Vieira describing the decision as “something frustrating for Conor’s development”.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Thomas Tuchel revealed that he had said sorry to Gallagher in advance. “I had the chance to speak to Conor and I could also see his frustration,” he said. “We met some weeks ago, I think after the national break, by coincidence in a restaurant and we had a chat.

“The subject came up and I apologised because I know how competitive he is. I like him a lot, I know his character very well. It was a pleasure to have him here in pre-season and this is the way it is.

“We play to win the game and the rules were clear when we made the loan. I can totally understand Patrick Vieira and also the disappointment of Conor, of course, but these were the rules when we made the loan and we don’t want to suffer from our rules.”

Tuchel, meanwhile, will be without Callum Hudson-Odoi, but could welcome Romelu Lukaku back into the fold. Asked what his £97.5m striker needs to do to salvage his season, Tuchel said: “Wait, be patient, work hard and put the team first, be ready to help the team, because as a striker you can help within seconds.”