Chelsea are appearing in their 26th FA Cup semi-final, with only Arsenal and Manchester United (30 each) appearing in more.
Fifty percent of these appearances have come since the turn of the millennium (13), at least three more times than any other side over that timeframe.
There was an element of gamble about Crystal Palace’s appointment of Patrick Vieira as manager in the summer but no-one can question the decision now.
Vieira, who won the FA Cup five times as a player, has a more youthful Palace side playing attractive football and has the personality to take these players with him on the big occasions. He has been there and commands total respect.
Palace will really fancy their chances today.