Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City v Arsenal
I would say that the four quarter-finals went the way of the teams who were expected to qualify. Chelsea made hard work of beating Manchester United in the tie which was too close to call, although they could’ve won by two or three goals more if it wasn’t for David de Gea’s performance in the United goal. With Keylor Navas putting in some less than sparking performances for Real Madrid this season, United fans must be fearing the worst when the Summer transfer window opens.
With Spurs, Arsenal and City all qualifying with relative ease, the semi-final draw looks very exciting. Harry Kane’s ankle ligament injury for Spurs is a huge blow, but with the club confirming it is not as bad as the injury which kept him out for such a long period at the beginning of the season, the side from North London will hope that their key man will be back in time for the semi-final against Chelsea. Going for a league and cup double, Conte’s men will head to Wembley confident and with the league surely all but confirmed by the time they play the semi-final, they should have few distractions. As dominant and impressive as Chelsea have been this year, Tottenham’s win over the Blues in January at White Hart Lane showed that on their day, Pochettino’s side can mix it with the very best, however, the club’s European performances.
In the other semi-final, Pep Guardiola will be looking to guide his Manchester City side to their first domestic cup final under his management. City look to have clicked just at the right time this season, with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling destroying teams with their pace and skill out wide, providing the ammo for Sergio Aguero. However, with a top 4 place still not secured in the Premier League and the possibility of going deep in to the Champions League, games are coming thick and fast for City, who will need to make sure fatigue does not kick in at Wembley. For Arsenal – as I have written about on this blog before – this may be Arsene Wenger’s last chance of a cup final as Arsenal manager and the players will want to make sure they send him off on a high, should that be the case. Capable of beating anyone on their day, their fans will hope that the performances against Bayern Munich over two legs are not repeated at Wembley.
When are the FA Cup Semi-Finals?
- The games will be played on the weekend of Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23.
- Who plays on each day and kick off times that weekend are yet to be decided by the FA.
- Both games will be shown live, one will be on BBC and the other on BT Sport.
- Last season the BBC had the Saturday evening game and BT Sport showed the Sunday afternoon game.