What started with over 70 teams now has just four teams remaining. This year’s FA Cup has been eventful for many reasons.
One was Norwich’s amazing run, which saw them defeat Burnley and Tottenham while surviving two legs against Southampton. Manchester United needed a 118th-minute goal to get the better of them. Another such story was that of Sheffield United, whose run came to an end at the hands of Arsenal.
Alongside Manchester United and Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea will be playing in the FA Cup semi-final. The Red Devils take on the Stamford Bridge Blues while the Cityzens play the Gunners.
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A Game of Yellow Cards
When Mikel Arteta takes on his former manager, Pep Guardiola, he will be facing them as the underdog. Priced at 9.50 odds to win, Arsenal are outsiders in this fixture. And the main reason is not far-fetched.
The Gunners may be fresh off just defeating the new Premier League champions, they haven’t fared well in recent games against Manchester City. Both sides go into this FA Cup tie with City winning seven of the last seven editions of the fixture.
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These same last seven competitive games between both sides have produced an average of 4 yellow cards per fixture.
Chelsea’s Red Record
Just like Arsenal against City, Chelsea have failed to defeat Manchester United in their last six meetings. With four losses and two draws, Frank Lampard’s side faces an uphill task in this FA Cup semi-final encounter.
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The Red Devils may be bolstered by an unbeaten run in the Premier League. However, Chelsea will look back at their run and try to find the necessary confidence for this clash. Having knocked Liverpool and Leicester out of the competition, they’re no pushovers at this stage of the competition.
Neutral Location and Penalties for FA Cup Semi-Final
There’ll be no home advantage for any of the four sides with the game set to be played at the Wembley Stadium. More importantly, none of these FA Cup semi-final games can end in a draw. If a game finished without a winner after 90 minutes, the game will drag into extra-time and possibly penalties.
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